Stuart Highway upgrade to improve driver safety

Driving in Queensland has just become a little bit safer, after a $1.5 million elevation upgrade to the Stuart Highway was completed earlier this month.

One kilometre of the highway south of Katherine has been raised to reduce the chance of flooding, while a series of large culverts, additional road sealing and guard rails have also been installed.

According to minister for infrastructure and transport Anthony Albanese, the Stuart Highway is one of Australia's major highways as it provides essential access to several nearby communities whilst also supporting tourism and the resources sector.

"This particular stretch, 40 kilometres south of Katherine, was previously prone to flooding during heavy rain and improving its flood immunity significantly minimises the risk to communities along the highway being cut off during the wet season," explained Mr Albanese in a statement released February 13.

Flooding has been a reccurring problem for Queensland and the wider Eastern Australia region over the years, with the most recent incident occurring last month when ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald lead to an estimated $2.4 billion in damages and six fatalities.

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The best way to do this is through comprehensive fleet maintenance, which a fleet services provider can help you achieve significant discounts on.

A fleet management program that provides 24/7 roadside assistance and accident management services can also prove an invaluable asset not just during winter, but all throughout the year.

A crew of around 45 people from Queensland construction company Allan King and Sons worked on the Stuart Highway project, which was funded by the Federal Labor Government's Nation Building Flood Immunity program.