New England Highway (Toowoomba - Warwick), high risk roads, improve safety

Construction is underway to improve safety on Ruthven Street in Toowoomba's south.

This project involves delivering high-benefit, low-cost treatments to improve safety for all road users on the New England Highway at Ruthven Street, a north-south arterial road through Toowoomba.

Treatments include new turning lanes and traffic lights, upgraded traffic signals, changed linemarking to reduce right turn movements and restrict on-street parking, speed limit reduction, new raised pedestrian crossings, a new bike lane, additional warning signs and removal of roadside hazards.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Accessibility
  • Reduces travel time
  • Better active transport
  • Reduces maintenance

Key features

  • Additional dedicated turning lanes to improve traffic flow.
  • Improved safety for bike riders by extending the southbound bike lane to north of Stenner Street.
  • Restricting right turn movements, including removal of filtered right turns at signalised intersections.
  • Removing roadside hazards to improve sight distance.
  • Reducing on-street carparks to allow for extra lanes and a new intersection.
  • Improved pedestrian facilities including crossings, warning signs, smart crossings and signal phasing at intersections to improve safety.
  • New traffic signals at Donahue Street intersection.


The project is fully funded by the Queensland Government through the Targeted Road Safety Program. Investment ID 1778166

Total investment
$13.2 million
Queensland Government
$13.2 million

Current status

Detailed design was completed in September 2022. Construction started in July 2023 and is scheduled to be completed in May 2024, weather and conditions permitting.

Project map for New England Highway (Toowoomba to Warwick) high risk roads 

Map of project location on the New England Highway (Ruthven Street) between James Street and Nelson Street in Toowoomba