Upgrades continue along Warrego Highway in Queensland


Stage 2 duplication of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Oakey ramps up

Upgrades continue along Warrego Highway in Queensland
Chester says the new overpass will help improve highway safety.

 

The $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program is marching on with road works picking up pace between Toowoomba and Oakey.

Thirty-two concrete girders have been installed as part of construction on a new overpass at the intersection of Kingsthorpe-Haden Road and Gowrie Mountain School Road.

Federal infrastructure minister Darren Chester says the installation of the girders represents a major milestone in the Stage 2 duplication of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Oakey.

"This is a known crash site and safety on the highway will be greatly enhanced once the overpass is opened to traffic in November 2017," Chester says.

"This $160 million upgrade is one of 15 projects being delivered as part of the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program."

Queensland main roads and road safety minister Mark Bailey is warning motorists to be mindful of changed road conditions due to the ongoing upgrade work.

"Motorists will have the option of proceeding through the roundabout and continuing south onto Gowrie Mountain School Road, or to travel from the roundabout to the overpass and join Kingsthorpe–Haden Road north of the highway," Bailey says.

"Motorists are reminded to observe all warning signs when approaching the road works site and be aware of changed conditions, such as reduced speed limits and queued traffic."

Federal member for Groom John McVeigh says the girders needed specialised heavy transport to move, and large cranes to lift and place them on the bridge sub-structure.

"The installation of 32 concrete girders formed an important component for the construction of the new overpass," McVeigh says.

"Stage 1 of the project was completed in July 2016 and the Stage 2 upgrade between Charlton and Kingsthorpe will vastly improve safety through better separation of opposing lanes of traffic, upgrading several intersections and providing new turning lanes."

The Australian Government has committed $128 million towards the $160 million Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 (Charlton to Kingsthorpe) project, with the Queensland Government contributing $32 million.  

The Warrego Highway Upgrade Program is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on a 80:20 basis.

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