Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Better bridge to boost Warrego Highway

Media Release


15 September 2017

Joint release with:

David Littleproud

Federal Member for Maranoa

Steven Miles

A/g Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

  • New bridge over Jingi Jingi Creek west of Dalby to improve transport efficiency and productivity
  • Works form part of the broader Warrego Highway Upgrade Programme to improve safety and efficiency along one of Australia's key freight routes

Road safety and flood immunity on the Warrego Highway has been improved following the completion of a new bridge over Jingi Jingi Creek, around 53 kilometres west of Dalby.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the new concrete bridge would substantially improve the safety and reliability of the busy freight corridor.

“The expansion of the region's mining and agricultural industries has led to a growing number of heavy vehicles on this section of the Warrego Highway. Replacing this bridge will help keep the region's economy and jobs base growing, which is great news for local communities and businesses,” Mr Chester said.

Acting Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Steven Miles said the safety improvements provided a more reliable route for vehicles travelling along the highway.

“Despite delays caused by weather events in March, the project was completed under budget. The Warrego Highway upgrades are providing direct employment, economic and regional development benefits, with an average of 84 direct jobs supported during the life of the Jingi Jingi bridge project,” Mr Miles said.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the upgrade involved a number of improvements.

“The approaches to the bridge were widened to about 11 metres, the bridge was raised and deteriorated culverts were replaced. The Australian Government contributed $25.8 million towards the $32.3 million project, which forms part of the broader Warrego Highway Upgrade Program being delivered in partnership with the Queensland Government,” Mr Littleproud said.

There is also a proposal to name the newly-completed bridge, and interested community members can provide feedback by emailing or phoning 4639 0886.

The $635 million WHUP is a package of 15 projects on the Warrego Highway, between Toowoomba and Miles and is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 funding split.