UPGRADES TO HIGHWAY: Work has started to improve the safety of the Burnett Highway.
UPGRADES TO HIGHWAY: Work has started to improve the safety of the Burnett Highway.

Upgrades to make horror highway stretch safer

IN MAY 2018, a 23-year-old man died on the Burnett Highway, near Tansey, when his 4WD collided with a truck.

He was the fifth person to die on the 100km stretch of road between Ban Ban Springs and Murgon, incorporating the Bunya and Burnett Highways, since June 2017.

Driving on this stretch of the Burnett Highway is set to be safer with work under way on a a 640-metre section of the highway, about four kilometres north of Goomeri.

Signs will be installed to warn drivers of the risk of truck rollovers, encouraging them to take extra care.

Vehicle activated signs will be installed at both approaches to the curve to warn drivers if they are driving too fast when approaching.

The works will involve widening the southbound traffic lane at a curve and improving signs at a cost of $94,000.

"These works will improve safety and access for heavy vehicles," Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said.

"We will also install chevron alignment markers as a guide."

Mr Bailey said RoadTek would undertake most of the works from 6am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

"The major works are expected to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting," he said.

"Motorists are reminded to observe all warning signs, be aware of changed conditions and adapt their driving behaviour accordingly during the works.

"We thank motorists in advance for their patience and cooperation."

The upgrade has been funded under the Queensland Government's Safer Roads Sooner program.

"The Palaszczuk Government is committed to improving road safety," he said.

"Safer Roads Sooner is one of our strongest programs and focuses on high-benefit, cost-effective projects addressing known and potential crash locations."