No highway parking in Dalby after Warrego Highway upgrade
PARKING in Dalby will become a serious issue in the next 12 months after the Department of Transport and Main Roads confirmed it will remove highway parking during the planned upgrades to the Warrego.
The matter has been a long-running concern of the Dalby Chamber of Commerce which has been fighting in vain against the move for over 12 months waiting for formal confirmation.
Now a Department spokesperson has told the Dalby Herald parking on the highway in town will be removed.
"The road shoulders on the Warrego Hwy act as narrow and unsafe parking lanes through Dalby," the spokesperson said. "These parking spaces will be removed as part of the Dalby East Upgrade Project to enable safety improvements through the town."
The spokesperson said these improvements included widening the highway and providing safe turning movements at intersections.
"We are working closely with the Western Downs Regional Council to provide side-street parking to replace the spaces removed from the highway," the spokesperson said.
"We are also investigating whether any indented single 'drive-in, drive-out' car parks can be implemented on the highway."
Member for Condamine Pat Weir said the matter had been under discussion for 12 months and some compromises were needed for safety reasons.
"The Departments are well and truly aware of community concerns," he said. "We will await the detailed plan."
Building on the $56m Dalby East Upgrade Project is expected to start early 2017.
There is also a $59m project to upgrade Dalby western access with construction to start mid-2016.