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

The department has delivered pavement widening and resurfacing works to improve safety and freight efficiency on the New England Highway between Stanthorpe and Ballandean.

These safety treatments reduce the risk of fatal and serious injury crashes on this section of the New England Highway.

Safety improvements include widening the road and installing a wider centre line to give drivers more time to correct an errant vehicle. The scope also included installing dedicated right turns at key intersections.

A safer and more efficient road network will improve travel times, increase transport efficiency and productivity and support economic growth.

Construction for 5 of the 8 works packages to improve safety on the New England Highway between Stanthorpe and Ballandean is complete:

  • Package 1 between Quart Pot Creek and the Maryland Street roundabout at Stanthorpe, completed in February 2021.
  • Package 2 at the intersection of Whiskey Gully Road, completed in July 2018. 
  • Package 4 between Back Creek Road and Glen Aplin Drive at Glen Aplin, completed in June 2021.
  • Package 5 between Kerridges Road and Sutton Lane at Glen Aplin, completed in June 2021.
  • Package 7 between Fletcher and Bents roads at Ballandean, completed in June 2021.

Package 3 was funded for detailed design only and involved developing safety improvements at key intersections and overtaking lanes on the New England Highway through Severnlea. There is no funding allocated for construction. 

Package 8 has been funded to reduce the speed limit on the New England Highway from 80km/h to 70km/h and change the line-marking to improve safety through Ballandean town. The speed limit was reduced in March 2022 and the new line-marking will be completed before the end of June 2022. 

There is also an additional package of work to be developed when funding becomes available.

Benefits

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

Key features

  • Widening the existing road surface.
  • Vegetation clearing.
  • Culvert replacement and extensions.
  • Bitumen sealing.
  • Line marking.

Funding

This project is fully funded by the Queensland Government through the Targeted Road Safety Program. Investment ID 1123130

Total investment
$19.4 million
Queensland Government
$19.4 million

Current status

Construction was completed for packages 1, 4, 5 and 7 in June 2021. Design was completed for Package 3 in February 2022. 

Consultation was undertaken in late 2021 and works are underway for Package 8 to improve safety in Ballandean. 

Project map

New England Highway (Warwick - Wallangarra), high risk roads, improve safety project map

  • Package 1 between Quart Pot Creek and the Maryland Street roundabout at Stanthorpe, completed in February 2021
  • Package 3 funded for detailed design only on the New England Highway through Severnlea
  • Package 4 between Back Creek Road and Glen Aplin Drive at Glen Aplin, completed in June 2021
  • Package 5 between Kerridges Road and Sutton Lane at Glen Aplin, completed in June 2021
  • Package 7 between Fletcher and Bents roads at Ballandean, completed in June 2021
  • Package 8 has been funded to reduce the speed limit on the New England Highway through Ballandean. 

Project update

Safety improvements have been developed for turning vehicles at 4 intersections on the New England Highway including Reid Road, Beverley Road, Recka Lane and Back Creek Road. Design improvements for merging vehicles at the end of key overtaking lanes on the New England Highway through Severnlea were also developed.

In late 2021, the community was consulted about the speed limit and changing the configuration of line marking through the town of Ballandean. As a result of consultation and a speed limit review, the speed limit has been reduced from 80km/h to 70km/h. New line marking will improve delineation for southbound traffic lanes and deter drivers from overtaking through town.