Warrego Hwy's $110m safety upgrade complete

A $110 million project to duplicate a section of the Warrego Hwy west of Toowoomba has been completed in a move the government says will save lives.

The completion marks the first step of the planned Warrego Hwy upgrade which will cost $635 million.

The project has duplicated more than 5km of the Warrego Hwy between Nugents Pinch and Leeson Rds.

It is the first stage of the planned duplication works between Toowoomba and Oakey.

The stretch of the highway has been the scene of multiple crashes over many years including fatalities. 

Part of it was designated a black spot due to the high number of crashes and the speed limit was reduced from 100kmh to 90kmh. 

The government says the project will improve safety on this section of the highway by providing separation between opposing traffic streams, intersection upgrades and provision of turning lanes to provide safe turning opportunities.

The duplication will also increase transport efficiency through improved travel times and less congestion on a section of the highway which carries around 15,000 vehicles per day.

Member for Groom John McVeigh will open the upgraded highway today at 8am.

The section of the highway carries more than 15,000 vehicles each day, which is set to increase to 30,000 over the next 20 years.


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