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Lockyer Bridge at Helidon re-opens to Warrego Hwy traffic

IT’S OPEN: Queensland Transport and Main Roads’ Steve Muller, Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss and Wright MP Scott Buchholz at the Lockyer Creek Bridge.
IT’S OPEN: Queensland Transport and Main Roads’ Steve Muller, Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss and Wright MP Scott Buchholz at the Lockyer Creek Bridge. Tom Threadingham

FOR the past two years, the bright orange traffic cones and 'men at work' signs have dominated the bitumen between Withcott and Helidon.

However, the completion of upgrades and official reopening of the Lockyer Creek Bridge on Tuesday has signalled a new beginning for drivers, ending more than two years of Warrego Highway roadworks between these towns.

The upgrades to the Lockyer Creek Bridge cost $9 million with the Australian Government contributing $6.8 million under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

The Queensland Government contributed $2.2 million.

Further project funding for embankment works was sourced from the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said it was one of the busiest freight routes in Queensland.

"More than 25,000 vehicles, including more than 3800 freight vehicles, travel this section of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Brisbane each day," Mr Buchholz said.

"The completion of the upgrade will improve safety and efficiency for both industry and general travellers," Mr Buchholz said.

Topics:  roadworks, warrego highway


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