Warrego Highway

Warrego Highway (green on black)
General information
TypeHighway
Length715 km (444 mi)
Route number(s)
  • State Highway M2
    (Ipswich Motorway – Pine Mountain Road, Brassall)
  • National Highway A2
    (Pine Mountain Road, Brassall – Landsborough Highway)
  • Alternate National Highway A2
    (Landsborough Highway – Mitchell Highway)
Former
route number
National Highway 54
National Highway A2
Major junctions
SE end Ipswich Motorway /
Cunningham Highway, Ipswich, Queensland
 
NW end Mitchell Highway, Charleville, Queensland
Location(s)
Major settlementsToowoomba, Dalby, Miles, Roma, Mitchell, Morven
Highway system

The Warrego Highway is located in southern Queensland, Australia. It connects coastal centres to the south western areas of the state, and is approximately 715 km in length. It takes its name from the Warrego River, which is the endpoint of the highway. The entire highway is part of the National Highway system linking Darwin and Brisbane: formerly National Highway 54, Queensland began to convert to the alphanumeric system much of Australia had adopted in the early-2000s and this road is now designated as National Highway A2.

State-controlled road

Main article: Warrego Highway state-controlled roads

Warrego Highway is a state-controlled road, divided into seven sections for administrative and funding purposes. Six of the seven sections (numbers 18A to 18F) are part of the National Highway, while section 18G is a regional road.[1][2][3][4] The sections are:

State-controlled roads that intersect with the highway are listed in the main article.

Route description

The highway commences at the end of the M2 Ipswich Motorway, near Ipswich and runs to Helidon Spa, at the foot of the Great Dividing Range. From there it follows the Toowoomba Bypass to Charlton, west of Toowoomba. The Warrego then crosses the Darling Downs, bypassing the town of Oakey and then passing through the towns of Dalby, Chinchilla and Miles, in the Western Downs. The highway continues through the towns of Roma and Mitchell in the Maranoa Region of South West Queensland. After Morven, the A2 Route continues north–west along the Landsborough Highway, with the western turnoff continuing the Warrego Highway down to its terminus at Charleville.

The section of highway between Ipswich and Charlton is mostly motorway grade; a four lane divided highway with motorway-style on-ramps and off-ramps. At a point between Charlton and Oakey the highway merges from 4 to 2 lanes (however, throughout 2017–2019, the highway was planned to be duplicated up until Oakey)[5] Then, the highway mostly continues in a straight line with minimal turns. At Dalby, the highway briefly returns to 4 lanes (where a longer stretch of the highway was planned to be duplicated in 2017). The Warrego then continues as a rural 2 lane highway, until Charleville.

Terrain

The Warrego Highway's lowest point along its length is 3.69 m just east of where it crosses the Bremer River near Ipswich, and its highest elevation is at the top of the Great Dividing Range on the Toowoomba Bypass.[6]

Speed zones

Towns along the route

Approximate road distances (in kilometres) of towns from Brisbane along the highway

From east to west, the highway passes through or close to the cities and major towns of:

Gallery

History

In January 2011, the former highway was extensively damaged where it crossed the Toowoomba Range. This included land slips, shoulder and embankment erosion, the erosion of drains and damaged rock fall netting.[7] The road wasn't fully repaired with all four lanes open until September 2011.[8]

The Toowoomba Bypass was completed in September 2019 and bypasses the urban area of Toowoomba and provides a better crossing of the Great Dividing Range. Warrego Highway (A2) was rerouted via the bypass between Helidon Spa (in the east) and the interchange at Charlton (in the west). The bypass continues as the Gore Highway (A39) and is 41 km in length. The original section of Warrego Highway through Toowoomba was renamed Toowoomba Connection Road (A21).[9]

Major works

Recent developments

Dalby Eastern & Western Access

These projects began in 2017 to fully duplicate the highway to 4 lanes, between Cecil Plains Road and Black Street. 4 new traffic signals were added at Black Street, Jandowae Road, Orpen Street and a pedestrian signal near Owen Street. Both projects were completed in November 2018, at a combined cost of $115 million.[16]

Roads of Strategic Importance

The Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, last updated in March 2022, includes the following project for the Warrego Highway.

Priority section projects

A project to upgrade priority sections of the Toowoomba to Ipswich corridor, including the Warrego Highway and surrounding state and council roads, at an estimated cost of $75 million, was in planning in May 2020.[17]

Other projects

Brimblecombe Road intersection

A project to upgrade the Brimblecombe Road intersection between Toowoomba and Dalby, at a cost of $2,75 million, was completed in December 2021.[18]

Gatton heavy vehicle decoupling facility

A project to provide a heavy vehicle decoupling facility at Gatton was completed by November 2021.[19]

Master plan Ipswich to Toowoomba

A master plan for the upgrade of the highway between Ipswich and Toowoomba has been developed at a cost of $6.78 million.[20]

Haigslea–Amberley Road intersection

A project to plan the upgrade of the Haigslea-Amberley Road intersection, at a cost of $799,000, was in progress in May 2022.[21]

Mount Crosby Road intersection

A project to plan the upgrade of the Mount Crosby Road intersection, at a cost of $5 million, was in progress in July 2021.[22]

Other items of interest

Darren Lockyer Way

"Welcome to Darren Lockyer Way" signage at Ipswich end of Warrego Highway heading westbound.

On 28 September 2011 the Queensland Main Roads Minister, Craig Wallace, announced that an 85 km stretch of the Warrego Highway was to be renamed Darren Lockyer Way, in honour of the retired Brisbane Broncos, Queensland and Australian rugby league captain. The section of road renamed is from Riverview to the bottom of the Toowoomba Range at Withcott. Special signage including "Welcome to Darren Lockyer Way" has been erected.[23]

Major intersections

LGALocationkmmiDestinationsNotes
IpswichRiverview00.0 Ipswich Motorway (National Route M2) – east – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast
Cunningham Highway (National Highway M15) – west — Dinmore
South–eastern end of Warrego Highway (State Route M2 / National Highway A2)
Karalee / Chuwar /
North Tivoli boundary
6.33.9 Mount Crosby Road (State Route 37) – north – Mount Crosby
south – Tivoli
Modified diamond interchange.
Part of Chuwar is in the Brisbane LGA.
Brassal / Muirlea boundary12.98.0 Fernvale Road (State Route 38) – south – Brassall
Pine Mountain Road – north – Pine Mountain
Modified diamond interchange.
The road changes to National Highway A2 from this point.
Blacksoil / Ironbark /
Karrabin boundary
14.9–
15.8
9.3–
9.8
Brisbane Valley Highway (National Route A17) – north – Fernvale
Wulkuraka Connection Road – south – Wulkuraka
Modified diamond interchange.
LockyerGatton55.934.7 Eastern Drive (State Route 80) – south–west – Gatton
Gatton–Esk Road – north – Esk
Modified diamond interchange.
ToowoombaHelidon Spa79.549.4 Toowoomba Connection Road (A21) – west – ToowoombaNo entry from Toowoomba Connection Road eastbound and no exit to Toowoomba Connection Road westbound (except via a U-turn facility further east on the Warrego Highway)
Warrego Highway runs north–west on the Toowoomba Bypass
Ballard94.658.8Eastern end of Multuggerah Viaduct
Mount Kynoch95.459.3Western end of the viaduct, crossing the Main Line railway
95.859.5 New England Highway (A3)Bridges over the bypass. No entry or exit here. See Mort Street interchange below.
Harlaxton / Cranley midpoint96.7–
96.9
60.1–
60.2
Bridge over Gowrie Creek, Western railway line and Hermitage Road.
Cranley97.2–
97.9
60.4–
60.8
Mort Street interchange[24]
Hermitage Road – south–east – Toowoomba (via Mort Street)
north–west – Cranley
Entry from and exit to New England Highway
100.1–
100.6
62.2–
62.5
Boundary StreetBridge over the bypass. Eastbound entry and westbound exit.
Charlton105.765.7 Toowoomba Connection Road (A21) – east – ToowoombaT intersection; Warrego Highway turns west.
Toowoomba Bypass continues south–west as Gore Highway (A39)
Oakey123.977.0 Oakey–Pittsworth Road (State Route 68) – north–east – Oakey
Western DownsDalby175.9109.3 Dalby–Cecil Plains Road (State Route 82) – south – Cecil PlainsEastern concurrency terminus with State Route 82.
179.3111.4 Bunya Highway (State Route 49) – north–east – Bell
Condamine Street – south–west – Dalby
Eastern concurrency terminus with State Route 49.
179.8111.7 Moonie Highway (State Route 49) – south–west – Moonie
Nicholson Street – north–east – Dalby
Western concurrency terminus with State Route 49.
180.5112.2 Dalby–Jandowae Road (State Route 82) – north – JandowaeWestern concurrency terminus with State Route 82.
Miles305.5189.8 Leichhardt Highway (State Route A5) – south – CondamineEastern concurrency terminus with Leichhardt Highway.
306.7190.6 Leichhardt Highway (State Route A5) – north – WandoanWestern concurrency terminus with Leichhardt Highway.
MaranoaRoma440.7273.8 Carnarvon Highway (State Route A55) – south – SuratEastern concurrency terminus with Carnarvon Highway.
446.7277.6 Carnarvon Highway (State Route A55) – north – InjuneWestern concurrency terminus with Carnarvon Highway.
MurwehMorven627.7390.0 Landsborough Highway (National Highway A2) – north–west – AugathellaWarrego Highway continues west as Alternate National Highway A2.
National Highway A2 continues north–west as Landsborough Highway.
Charleville714.5444.0 Mitchell Highway (State Route A71) – north – Augathella
south – Cunnamulla
North-western end of Warrego Highway.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Metropolitan district map" (PDF). Department of Transport and Main Roads ©State of Queensland [CC BY 4.0]. 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 October 2022. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Darling Downs district map" (PDF). Department of Transport and Main Roads ©State of Queensland [CC BY 4.0]. 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 March 2022. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
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  19. ^ "Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility". Queensland Government. 22 November 2021. Archived from the original on 13 July 2022. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  20. ^ "Warrego Highway East master plan – Ipswich to Toowoomba". Queensland Government. 27 April 2022. Archived from the original on 13 July 2022. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
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