Queensland Government to start Peak Downs Highway upgrades

By: Jason Whittaker


The Queensland Government is to commence works on upgrading the Peak Downs Highway in an effort to curb the State’s

The Queensland Government is to commence works on upgrading the Peak Downs Highway in an effort to curb the State’s road toll and increase freight productivity.

Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt says the $1 million upgrade to the highway near Nebo and Clermont is part of the Government’s Safer Roads Sooner program.

The investment will be used to upgrade the Bee Creek floodway, to widen roads and construct concrete protections.

According to Pitt, as well as boosting safety, the 3000 vehicles that carry freight will also benefit from efficiency gains.

"The Peak Downs Highway is a vital link between Mackay and the rural townships of Nebo, Moranbah and Clermont, as well as the central coal fields," Pitt says.

The safety improvements are expected to take about nine weeks. During that time, traffic controllers will be in place during daylight hours while construction is underway.

As a result, the Government says motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

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