Multi-million dollar spend upgrades region's road networks
A MULTI-MILLION dollar Federal Government spend upgrading the region's roads will improve safety standards in heavy traffic areas.
More than $4.6million will be spent in the Toowoomba Regional Council area under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program upgrading the Emu Creek Bridge on the New England Highway.
Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the investment would go towards replacing the timber bridge with a concrete bridge.
"This is about making our network safer for locals, truckies and tourists," he said.
"Driving is part of life out here and we want people getting home sooner and safer.
"Too many country people die or are injured on our roads.
"Country people are three times more likely to die on the road than their city cousins.
"We need to cut our deaths and injuries by investing in better roads out west."
It follows more than $1.9million in funding announced by Groom MP John McVeigh to upgrade heavy vehicle routes in Pittsworth and Bowenville.
"Getting from paddock to plate is a vital part of Australia's growing agriculture and transport industries, which is why the Liberal and Nationals' Government is investing in making those freight routes safer," Dr McVeigh said.
"We all understand how important it is to upgrade these roads - we all drive them often and see first-hand the jobs and opportunities agriculture and transport brings to the Toowoomba Darling Downs region."
Dr McVeigh said $435,000 would be spent upgrading and sealing the heavy vehicle decoupling area between Gap and Mallard Rds at the Pittsworth Industrial Precinct.
The TRC had secured $1.45million to widen and strengthen 3.3km of Bowenville-Moola Rd at Bowenville.
The funding was announced in the sixth round of the HVSP program.