Warrego Highway repairs under way
MOTORISTS travelling along the Warrego Highway between Ipswich and Gatton can expect long delays as urgent road repairs are carried out.
After heavy and constant rain fell throughout the region, road networks and vital infrastructure have been compromised, with crater-sized potholes common along the highway.
But Transport and Main Roads employees have been working around the clock to improve the state of the highway which is part of the national highway network.
The only concern to motorists now is the 40kmh speed zones along the otherwise 100kmh stretch of highway that has also been reduced from two lanes to one in most sections.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said the department was working to repair pavement damage caused by the floods.
“Preliminary assessments of the damage have been conducted and the schedule for these repair works has now been determined,” the spokesman said.
“Works will be completed in sections along the Warrego Highway from Ipswich to Gatton, from Sandy Creek Bridge to Jack Martin Bridge, Jack Martin Bridge to Two Tree Hill at Marburg and Tallegalla Two Tree Hill Road, Marburg to Riverview Road at Dinmore.”
The spokesman said work had started on all repairs and was expected to be finished by March.
“The department is also undertaking urgent safety repair works on the Warrego Highway at Minden and Marburg Ranges,” he said.
“As a result of significant flooding, landslips at both ranges have caused debris to fall onto the roadway. Lane closures are in place at both worksites and will remain in place until the roadway is cleared and geotechnical assessments have been completed to ensure the stability of the embankments.
“Our priority right now is making the transport network fully open and safe.”
The department is working closely with Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Ipswich City Council and other agencies to restore the road network as quickly as possible.
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