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Warrego Highway Upgrade Program: Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade

Overview:

This project consists of 5 packages designed to upgrade the Warrego Highway at key sites.

Location:

Multiple sites between Oakey and Miles.

Completion:

Construction of packages 1, 2, 3 and 5 of this project have now been completed.

Benefits:

Improved road safety and freight efficiency.

Supplier:

Construction contracts for the first package of works were awarded to Boral in late February 2017 and completed in November 2017.

Packages 2, 3 and 5, constructed by FKG, commenced in January 2018 and were completed in January 2019.

Package 4 will be constructed under the same contract as the Chinchilla Open Level Rail Crossing Upgrade.

Funding:

$43.5 million.

Regions:
Downs South West Region

Project info

The Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade project consists of 3 contracts to be rolled out between 2017 and 2019.

The upgrades aim to improve the safety of all road users by reducing the incidence of fatal or serious injury crashes on the Warrego Highway. The safety improvement works were identified using road safety criteria such as road accident history and crash likelihood or severity, as well as motorist feedback. 

The project consists of the following packages:

Package 1

Wide centreline treatment (where the existing pavement width is sufficient), pavement repairs and defined town entry treatments. The wide centreline treatment was line-marking only. Jondaryan, Macalister, Warra and Brigalow were chosen for town entry treatments. 

Package 2, 3 and 5

Package included:

  • Widening existing road formation east and west of Brigalow.
  • Upgrade of 6 intersections through provision of right turn lanes between Oakey and Miles - at Devon Park Road, Station Street (Jondaryan), Bowenville-Norwin Road, Newton Stephen Road, Macalister Bell Road / Macalister Wilkie Creek Road (Macalister), and Brownlies Road (Columboola).
  • Identified safety works including intersection and other signage upgrades, identification and removal of roadside hazards such as trees, edge drops, batter slopes and culvert drops.

View a map of the Oakey - Miles safety upgrade packages 2, 3 and 5.

Package 4

Upgrading of the Colamba Street intersection in Chinchilla.

Community info

The Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (WHUP) is a $635 million package of 18 approved projects between Toowoomba and west of Miles. The WHUP is funded 80% by the federal government and 20% by the state government.

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 upgrade sites.

Media gallery

Wide centreline markings east of Chinchilla.
Wide centreline markings east of Chinchilla.
Last updated
17 February 2019