New England Highway—Cooyar to Bum Bum Creek pavement widening

Safety and freight efficiency will improve by widening the New England Highway between Cooyar and Bum Bum Creek.

Safety will be improved by widening and resurfacing the road, upgrading drainage and improving intersections between Cooyar and Bum Bum Creek, south of Yarraman.

Freight efficiency will improve by increasing the road width and strength capacity for B-doubles and other heavy vehicles. Transport productivity and reliability will improve while also reducing travel time and maintenance costs which will support economic development in southern Queensland and the Darling Downs.


  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Reduces maintenance
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

  • New 10m-wide pavement at identified sections.
  • Improved safety.
  • Reduced risk of crashes.
  • Reduced ongoing maintenance.
  • Increased freight efficiency and productivity.


Total investment
$24.667 million
Queensland Government
$24.667 million

Current status

The first stage of the project is scheduled to start construction in early 2021 and be completed by the end of 2021.