Gore Highway and Toowoomba-Athol Road safety upgrades—planning

Planning to improve safety on the Gore Highway and Toowoomba–Athol Road, between Wyreema–Athol Road and James Street has been completed.

Community members had their say to help identify opportunities for safety improvements that will reduce the risk of fatal and serious injury crashes.

The Gore Highway and Toowoomba–Athol Road (previously the Gore Highway) are important parts of the road network for freight, urban and rural traffic accessing Toowoomba from the southwest. 

Community feedback has been collated into a business case which prioritises a number of low cost, high benefit safety treatments to improve transport efficiency and reliability while supporting economic development in southern Queensland and the Darling Downs.

The business case will be used to apply for construction funding. 

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

  • Community consultation helped identify key safety issues.
  • The final business case will propose priority safety upgrades for future funding.

Funding

The Queensland Government has committed $400,000 through the Transport System Planning Program to develop a business case for key safety upgrades on the Gore Highway and Toowoomba–Athol Road, between Wyreema–Athol Road and James Street.

Total investment
$400,000
Queensland Government
$400,000

Current status

The community, businesses, residents and road users were invited to provide feedback via our online consultation hub to help identify key safety issues and community priorities. Online consultation closed 31 March 2021. The business case was completed in December 2021.


Gore Highway and Toowoomba-Athol Road safety upgrades map

1. Gore Highway and Toowoomba–Athol Road safety upgrade planning from Wyreema–Athol Road to James Street.