Warrego Highway upgrade is Go
16 February 2015
The first stage of the $635 million Warrego Highway upgrade package is underway, with works starting today on Stage One of the project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project will duplicate the highway between Toowoomba and Oakey, stretching from Nugents Pinch Road to Leeson Road.
“This $110 million package of works will create two lanes in each direction for 5.7 kilometres,” Mr Truss said.
“This section of the highway carries more than 15,000 vehicles each day, which is set to increase to 30,000 over the next 20 years.
“These upgrades will improve safety on this section of the highway by providing separation between opposing traffic streams, intersection upgrades and new turning lanes to provide safe turning opportunities.”
Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the works will also include the construction of a grade-separated intersection at Troys Road, installation of traffic signals and the realignment of the Charlton Pinch Road and Gowrie Junction Road intersections.
“The Warrego Highway is a vital connection between southern Queensland's agricultural and resource regions and the Port of Brisbane, and every dollar spent on this project will return to the economy more than five times the cost of our investment,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“This upgrade will ease congestion for commuters and freight operators alike, making the journey in and out of Toowoomba much easier and safer.
“During the works there will be minimal impact on traffic flow, with construction of the new traffic lanes mainly occurring alongside the existing highway.
“The upgrade is being undertaken by Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd and is due to be completed in mid to late2016.”
The Australian Government has committed $508 million towards the Warrego Highway upgrade package of works. Stage One funding comprises up to $88 million from the Australian Government and $22 million from the Queensland Government.