Work begins on first phase of Isis Highway project in Queensland, Australia

WCN Editorial Team 18 Jan 2021 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Government of Queensland, a state in Australia, has started work on the first phase of the A$42.5m ($32.9m) Isis Highway safety upgrade project, as part of the economic recovery and job creation plan in the Wide Bay region.

The safety upgrade project of the Isis Highway is considered crucial to the region’s $4.28bn economy and also to its core industries such as agriculture and tourism.

The road crews will carry out work on 13km of wide centre lines enhanced by audio-tactile linemarking, besides 17km of resealing as part of a A$50bn infrastructure guarantee for the economic recovery plan of the Australian state.

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said: “Building on our strong track record, the Palaszczuk Labor Government is delivering its fifth record roads and transport budget. Once again, the vast majority of that investment - $17.8 billion – focuses on our regions, supporting 16,180 regional jobs.

“We’re building the jointly-funded $20 million Bruce Highway upgrade at Childers, we’ve locked in $42.5 million to drive safety on the Isis Highway and it’s great to see work and jobs already underway because of our investment.”

The wide centre line treatment is expected to boost safety as it provides greater separation between drivers travelling in opposite directions.

According to data, wide centre line treatments have led to a 46% reduction in head on crashes on sections where these have been used.

The audio-tactile linemarking and retro-reflective markers are expected to alert motorists when they stray out of traffic lanes whilst improving lane visibility at night.

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The safety upgrade project of the Isis Highway is considered crucial to the region’s $4.28bn economy. (Credit: Queensland Government)

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