New England Highway—(Yarraman-Toowoomba), widen pavement

The widening of the New England Highway between Cooyar and Bum Bum Creek will improve safety and freight efficiency.

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

Freight efficiency will be improved by increasing the road width and strength capacity for B-doubles and other heavy vehicles. Transport productivity and reliability will also improve while reducing travel time and maintenance costs which supports 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.


This project is funded by the Queensland Government under the State Road Network Program.

Total investment
$36.70 million
Queensland Government
$36.70 million

Current status

Stage 1 completed May 2023.

Stage 2 of the project started construction in September 2021 and is expected to be completed mid-2024, weather and construction conditions permitting.

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