Burnett Highway upgrades
MOTORISTS travelling the Burnett Highway will have a safer passage by the end of next month, thanks to works aimed at upgrading two sections of the road.
"As part of progressive works to improve the highway pavement throughout the North Burnett, we're upgrading a 1.6km section of the highway north of Mundubbera in a $1.2m project," Main Roads minister Craig Wallace said.
"Further north, a 1km stretch of the Burnett Highway north of the Ceratodus Rest Area turn-off is being upgraded in $814,000 worth of works."
Mr Wallace said these works would increase the sealed width of the highway to 9m, and the strengthening works were particularly important due to the number of heavy vehicles using the highway each day.
An average of 11 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the two projects, which will ensure the road network meets the needs of the heavy vehicle industry.
"About 1100 vehicles travel along the highway at Mundubbera each day, and 18% of these are heavy vehicles," he said.
"Further north near Ceratodus, about 16% of the 570 vehicles that use the highway each day are heavy vehicles."
Mr Wallace said motorists could expect changed conditions and reduced speed zones at each site for the duration of the works.
"At the site north of Mundubbera, vehicles will be diverted to a side track during working hours only to enable the contractors to install culverts," Mr Wallace said.
"North of Ceratodus, motorists will also use a side track for minor culvert works to be completed, with a reduced speed zone while works are taking place."