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Warrego Highway Upgrade Program—Brigalow to Chinchilla upgrade

Overview:

This project involved widening 11km of the highway on the eastern approach to Chinchilla, upgrading several existing intersections and providing 3 new overtaking lanes.

Location:

East of Chinchilla

Benefits:

Improved safety with a focus on intersections, additional overtaking opportunities and increased capacity and efficiency on this section of the highway, supporting long-term population growth in the region.

Funding:

$36 million

Regions:
Downs South West Region

Project info

Project works included:

  • widening and strengthening 11km of highway, commencing 4.5km west of Brigalow and extending to approximately 3 km east of Chinchilla
  • removal and replacement of drainage culverts
  • removal of existing rabbit grid across the Warrego Highway and upgrade of two rabbit grids at local road intersections
  • upgrading of existing intersections with local roads
  • widening three existing overtaking lanes and adding wide centreline treatments.

The project was awarded to Ostwald Bros, construction commenced in mid-October 2015 and was completed in May 2017.

The new right turn intersection treatment on the Warrego Highway near Boonarga Hall
The new right turn intersection treatment on the Warrego Highway near Boonarga Hall

The rabbit-proof grid at the Horswood Rd intersection
The rabbit-proof grid at the Horswood Rd intersection

Community info

Travel times will be impacted by these projects. Local, regional and statewide motorists and heavy vehicle operators using the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Miles will need to factor in extra travel time due to multiple Warrego Highway upgrade sites over the next 2 years.

The project is part of the $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (WHUP) to be implemented between 2014 and mid-2019. The WHUP is funded 80% by the federal government and 20% by the state government.

Last updated
31 July 2017