Construction of the $160 million Warrego Highway Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 project between Charlton and Kingsthorpe will begin shortly, with civil construction company the Georgiou Group awarded the contract for the project.
The project is expected to take around 15 months to complete.
It’s one of the 15 projects funded under the critical Warrego Highway Upgrade Programme aimed at improving driver safety and highway capacity by separating opposing traffic, upgrading intersections and building new turning lanes.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said an average of 250 direct jobs would be supported over the life of the project.
The project will ease congestion during peak times and make it safer to access the Warrego Highway from Gowrie Mountain and Kingsthorpe, while also providing more overtaking opportunities on the highway.
The existing highway will form the westbound lanes, with new eastbound lanes to be built on the northern side of the existing road.
The lanes will be separated by a 15-metre-wide grassed median to separate traffic.
The project is funded on an 80:20 basis, with the Australian Government contributing up to $128 million and the Queensland Government contributing $32 million.