In Australia, AUD11.5 million (USD9 million) worth of upgrades to the Peak Downs Highway in Queensland is underway, making it safer for oversized and over-mass vehicles as well as regular road users.

The project is a partnership between the Australian and Queensland governments, as part of the heavy vehicle safety and productivity programme, which aims to improve safety and productivity for heavy vehicle operators.

Michael McCormack, deputy prime minister and minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development, said the Wolfgang Road intersection would be upgraded, along with three sections of the highway between Tea Tree Creek bridge and Myall Creek crossing.

“Two heavy vehicle stopping bays will be upgraded, and a new, protected right turn at the Wolfang Road intersection will improve safety for road train drivers,” he said.

Mark Bailey, Queensland transport and main road minister, said that traffic volumes were expected to increase on the highway.

He added: “Just over 3 km of road will be widened to 9 m, with 1 m shoulders, to increase separation between heavy vehicles, caravans and light vehicles.

“Widening three sections will enable safer overtaking opportunities, so drivers do not take unnecessary risks. We are also tackling fatigue for heavy vehicle drivers by upgrading two informal stopping bays.”

The work is expected to be completed later in 2021, weather permitting.