Queensland funnels money into highway upgrades

Upgrades to Brisbane Valley and D’Aguilar highways prioritised for funding under the Royalties for the Regions program

November 6, 2012

The Queensland Government will funnel $10 million from its Royalties for Region program into upgrades to the Brisbane Valley and D’Aguilar highways.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney announced plans today to fund new overtaking lanes on both highways over the next 18 months.

"The new passing lanes would be built between Harlin and Toogoolawah on the Brisbane Valley Highway and between Nanango and Blackbutt on the D’Aguilar Highway," Seeney says.

"Almost 3,000 vehicles a day travel that section of the Brisbane Valley Highway and traffic on parts of the D’Aguilar Highway can be close to 5,000 vehicles daily."

Seeney says regional roads are a strong focus of the Royalties for the Regions program and more than $40 million had been allocated for urgent roadworks in the first round of funding.

"Next year a further $65 million will be available under this program for roads alone," he says.

The Government’s Royalties for Region initiative will invest $495 million in community infrastructure, roads and floodplain projects over the next four years. It is designed to benefit regions hosting major resource developments.

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