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Funds to improve Hwy

SAFER ROADS: Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington is excited to announce the South Burnett will receive $10 miilion in funding for overtaking lanes between Nanango and Blackbutt. Photo: Louise Cheer / South Burnett Times
SAFER ROADS: Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington is excited to announce the South Burnett will receive $10 miilion in funding for overtaking lanes between Nanango and Blackbutt. Photo: Louise Cheer / South Burnett Times Danielle Lowe

THE announcement of $10 million to upgrade the D'Aguilar Hwy has been welcomed by Seilers Livestock Transport and Slashing Services owner Cliff Seiler.

Mr Seiler said the introduction of overtaking lanes between Nanango and Blackbutt was long overdue.

He said it wasn't just a matter of smaller vehicles wanting to overtake trucks, but trucks being able to overtake slower, small vehicles.

"When it comes to overtaking on the highway, safety is a priority and it is a positive step forward for the transport industry," he said.

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said the $10 million funding boost was a great result for the region.

"Safety concerns of local residents and motorists have been highlighted for some time," she said.

"I have been fighting hard for funding and the new overtaking lanes are a major step in helping to make these busy roads safer for everyone."

Ms Frecklington said she had been in consultation with the Department of Main Roads and the preliminary work was underway.

"Work on the overtaking lanes will not begin until next year," she said.

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