Thirty-two concrete girders, each the length of a fully grown blue whale, have been installed as part of construction on a new overpass west of Toowoomba.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester says duplication of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Oakey was ramping up, with the major engineering milestone recently achieved between Charlton and Kingsthorpe.
Mr Chester says the installation of the girders for the new overpass at the intersection of Kingsthorpe-Haden Road and Gowrie Mountain School Road represented a major milestone in the Stage 2 duplication of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Oakey.
“This is a known crash site and safety on the highway will be greatly enhanced once the overpass is opened to traffic in November 2017. This $160 million upgrade is one of 15 projects being delivered as part of the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program.
The girders, which measure 25 metres long and weigh 27.7 tonnes, provide the platform for the new overpass on the highway at the intersection.
Motorists will have the option of proceeding through the roundabout and continuing south onto Gowrie Mountain School Road, or to travel from the roundabout to the overpass and join Kingsthorpe–Haden Road north of the highway.
Motorists are reminded to observe all warning signs when approaching the roadworks site and be aware of changed conditions, such as reduced speed limits and queued traffic.
The Australian Government has committed $128 million towards the $160 million Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 (Charlton to Kingsthorpe) project, with the Queensland Government contributing $32 million.
The $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 funding split arrangement.