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Warrego Highway Upgrade Program: Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 (Leesons Road to Kingsthorpe)

Overview:

This is the second stage of the duplication of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Oakey. Stage 1 was completed in July 2016.

Location:

Warrego Highway on Toowoomba's western outskirts, between Charlton and Kingsthorpe.

Completion:

Construction by the Georgiou Group commenced in March 2017 and was completed in March 2018.

Benefits:

Improved motorist safety and capacity of the highway by providing separation between opposing traffic streams, intersection upgrades and new turning lanes providing safe turning opportunities.

Funding:

$160 million.

Regions:
Downs South West Region

Project info

Stage 2 involved the duplication of the Warrego Highway from Leesons Road to just west of the intersection with Kingsthorpe–Haden Road and involved the construction of a new 2–lane road parallel to the existing Warrego Highway. This new road serves as the eastbound lanes. The original 2–lane road was upgraded and remains in use as the westbound lanes.

Stage 2:

  • makes it safer to access the Warrego Highway from Gowrie Mountain and Kingsthorpe
  • provides more overtaking opportunities for heavy vehicles on the Warrego Highway
  • eases congestion on this section of the highway during peak travel times.
  • A significant feature of the project is the new overpass on the Warrego Highway at the intersection with Kingsthorpe–Haden Road and Gowrie Mountain School Road to improve safety.

Westbound drivers wanting to travel to either Kingsthorpe–Haden Road or Gowrie Mountain School Road can now turn left onto a new road linked to a roundabout just west of Zimm's Corner on the southern side of the highway. They then proceed through the roundabout to continue south on to Gowrie Mountain School Road, or proceed from the roundabout to the overpass and join Kingsthorpe–Haden Road north of the highway.

The new road (eastbound) and existing road (westbound) lanes are separated by a 15m–wide grassed median between opposing traffic streams. This means some residents on the southern side of the highway are no longer able to turn right on to the highway.

There is no right turn from Linora Drive onto the highway. Instead, Linora Drive is connected by a 720m long service road to Jannusch's Road, where the intersection enables drivers to turn right onto the highway, and turn right off the highway when travelling from the west.

Community info

The Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (WHUP) is a $635 million package of 15 approved projects between Toowoomba and Miles that are planned to be delivered between 2014 and mid-2019. The WHUP is funded 80% by the federal government and 20% by the state government.

Media gallery

Photo of the newly constructed overpass at Gowrie Mountain heading to both Kingsthorpe and Gowrie Mountain School Road
Newly constructed overpass at Gowrie Mountain heading to both Kingsthorpe and Gowrie Mountain School Road

Photograph of Linora Drive off Jannusch's Road
Linora Drive off Jannusch's Road

Photograph of the overpass and roundabout on Gowrie Mountain School Road
Overpass and roundabout on Gowrie Mountain School Road

Aerial shot of the new roundabout, turning lanes and overpass at Zimms Corner, Warrego Highway, January 2018.
Aerial shot of the new roundabout, turning lanes and overpass at Zimms Corner, Warrego Highway, January 2018.

Last updated
08 May 2018