Warrego Highway Upgrade Program

The 796km Warrego Highway is Queensland's principal east-west route, connecting people and freight from Charleville to Ipswich.

We are delivering improvements under the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (WHUP) that are essential to the region's economic growth and will benefit the agriculture, resources and tourism industries. Under the WHUP we will deliver 20 projects between Toowoomba and west of Miles. The $635 million investment is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with the Australian Government contributing $508 million and the Queensland Government contributing $127 million.

The Warrego Highway upgrades will contribute to the nation's productivity by increasing efficiency, safety and reliability of the National Land Transport Network.

Current projects

Chinchilla open level rail crossing upgrade 

A $19 million project to improve safety at the open level rail crossing in Chinchilla. Construction began in May 2019. Package 4 (Colamba Street signals project) of the Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade is being delivered with the open level crossing project.

Oakey – Miles safety upgrade

A $43.5 million project of road treatments to improve safety on the busiest sections of the highway. Package 1 was completed November 2017. Packages 2, 3 and 5 were completed in January 2019. Package 4 is being delivered with the Chinchilla open level rail crossing upgrade.

Warrego Highway East Creek and West Creek Culvert Upgrades

A joint $21.11 million project to improve flood immunity in Toowoomba. This project is funded through savings realised from completed WHUP projects. Construction activity started in mid-May 2020.

Completed projects

Drillham – Palardo upgrade

A $13 million project to widen narrow sections of the highway to a safe standard for heavy vehicles. Construction started in May 2018 and the remaining section was completed in May 2020.

Planning projects 

Warrego Highway Mt Crosby Road Interchange Upgrade

Investigating a solution to congestion, safety and active transport issues currently associated with the Mt Crosby Road interchange.

Warrego Highway East masterplan

Identifying and preserving the future transport corridor for the Warrego Highway (Dinmore to Helidon Spa).

Community information

Disruption to travel due to road works on the Warrego Highway west of Toowoomba should be factored in to your travel plans. Be patient and observe all road signage and traffic management instructions.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity

Funding

Total investment
$$635 million
Australian Government
$$508 million
Queensland Government
$$127 million

30 Projects in Warrego Highway Upgrade Program

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Balonne Highway (Bollon - Cunnamulla) – Bollon West Flood Levee

Works involve constructing a levee bank across the Balonne Highway on the western side of Bollon.

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Barwon Highway pavement widening

We are delivering pavement widening on the Barwon Highway to improve road safety, reduce ongoing maintenance demand and provide a better driving experience for road users in the area.

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Bruce Highway -Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade (Tiaro Bypass)

We are planning for a new 2-lane section of the Bruce Highway to the east of Tiaro. The project will increase the flood immunity, safety and efficiency of the Bruce Highway and future-proof the road to cater for growing traffic volumes. It will also remove a large portion of heavy vehicles from the Tiaro township, improving safety and liveability for residents.

Bruce Highway Saltwater Creek Bridge upgrade

The Bruce Highway – Saltwater Creek Bridge Upgrade includes 2 new bridges at Saltwater Creek and Deadmans Gully crossings. To improve flood immunity existing floodway sections north of Saltwater Creek, between Maryborough and Torbanlea, will be upgraded.

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Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra

This project involves a 62km realignment and upgrade of the Bruce Highway to 4 lanes between Cooroy and Curra and is among Queensland's highest priority road projects.

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Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra Section D: Woondum to Curra

The $1 billion Section D: Woondum to Curra (C2CD) project is a new 26km, 4-lane divided highway between the existing Bruce Highway interchange at Woondum, south of Gympie and Curra.

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Bruce Highway—Wide Bay Highway intersection upgrade

We have re-evaluated the design for the Bruce Highway—Wide Bay Highway intersection upgrade based on community feedback. Detailed design activities have now been completed for a roundabout solution. The project includes additional roadside improvements along the Bruce Highway between Meadows Lane and the Wide Bay Highway and an upgrade at the Spring Valley Road intersection (south).

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Burnett Highway—Three Moon Creek Bridge replacement

We are replacing the existing Three Moon Creek timber bridge on the Burnett Highway with a higher, wider, longer and stronger concrete bridge.

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Carnarvon Highway (Injune - Rolleston) – pavement widening

Priority pavement widening works are being delivered on the Carnarvon Highway (Injune - Rolleston) between 48.3km to 50.5km north of Injune.

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Carnarvon Highway (Mungindi – St George) – pavement widening

We are delivering pavement widening works along a 3km section of the Carnarvon Highway approximately 33km east of St George.

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Carnarvon Highway (Roma - Injune) – pavement widening and safety improvements

The Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative will deliver targeted upgrades to the Carnarvon Highway and surrounding roads.

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Carnarvon Highway Intersection Upgrades

The Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative will deliver targeted upgrades to the Carnarvon Highway and surrounding roads.

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Coondoo Creek Bridge on Tin Can Bay Road

We are constructing a raised 3-span concrete bridge structure over Coondoo Creek and new approaches.

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Cunningham Highway Upgrade

We have developed a plan to upgrade the Cunningham Highway.

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Diamantina Developmental Road (Charleville - Quilpie) – pavement widening

Priority pavement widening works are being delivered on various sections of the Diamantina Developmental Road (Charleville – Quilpie) between 69.59km to 152km west of Charleville.

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Dickabram Bridge rehabilitation works

We are currently rehabilitating the heritage-listed Dickabram Bridge, the oldest surviving steel truss bridge in Queensland.

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Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility

The permanent Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility allows heavy vehicle drivers to reconfigure their combinations to conform to national regulations before continuing their journey east.

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Gatton to Helidon Road (Eastern Drive) planning study

We aim to determine the requirements for the Gatton–Helidon Road corridor to continue to function as a safe and sustainable transport corridor.

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Gore Highway — Toowoomba to Millmerran safety upgrades

Planning is underway to improve safety and efficiency on sections of the Gore Highway between Toowoomba and Brookstead.

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Gowrie to Grandchester Rail Corridor Study

We investigated a rail corridor that would help mitigate the constraints on rail operations caused by the Toowoomba and Little Liverpool Range crossings.

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Highfields to Toowoomba Bikeway

We are delivering a new bikeway connecting Highfields to Toowoomba. This will provide a safer and more accessible active transport option.

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Lockyer Creek Bridge strengthening and rehabilitation

Strengthening and rehabilitation works are underway to the Lockyer Creek Bridge on Gatton-Helidon Road.

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New England Highway safety improvements—Stanthorpe to Ballandean

Pavement widening and resurfacing works are being delivered to improve safety and freight efficiency on the New England Highway.

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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.

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Noondoo – Thallon Road Upgrade Program

In 2010, the Queensland Government committed $14 million over a 10-year period to improve the Noondoo – Thallon Road. This was following the closure of the Thallon – Dirranbandi rail line in 2010.

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Tchanning Creek Bridge replacement

The Tchanning Creek bridge on Roma-Condamine Road will be replaced to deliver heavy vehicle efficiency and improve flood immunity.

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Toowoomba Bypass

We have delivered an alternative crossing of the Toowoomba Range to improve freight efficiency and driver safety, relieve pressure on roads in the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley regions, and enhance livability for the region’s residents.

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Warrego Highway East master plan – Dinmore to Helidon Spa

We are undertaking a planning study to determine the future requirements for the Warrego Highway Transport Corridor.

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Warrego Highway—Mount Crosby Road Interchange Upgrade

We have undertaken community consultation on the proposed Warrego Highway – Mount Crosby Road interchange upgrade. The proposed design is intended to improve traffic flow, reduce queuing and increase safety for motorists using the Mount Crosby Road interchange.

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Warrego Highway—Toowoomba East Creek and West Creek: culvert upgrades

We are delivering the Toowoomba East Creek and West Creek culvert upgrade projects, designed to improve community safety, accessibility and flood resilience.