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25 February, 2022

Traffic Disruptions At 8 Mile Intersection From Monday

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is progressing upgrade works at the Cunningham and New England highways intersection, locally known as the Eight Mile intersection.

The drill rig was used to bore down 26 metres to install the bridge foundation piles for the overpass at Eight Mile intersection. The crane in the background was used to lower in reinforcing steel to the abutment piles. (Photo courtesy Department of Transport and Main Roads)

From next Monday 28th February to Saturday 5 March 10 Super T girders will be erected (weather permitting) that will provide the platform of the overpass.

During this period there will be additional traffic management including stop and slow traffic control. To minimise traffic disruptions the super T girders will be erected at night, between 6.00pm and 6.00am.

These night works will be in addition to the daily construction operations which will continue between 6.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday. Delays will be kept below 15 minutes.

Intermittent Saturday works may be carried out between 6.00am and 2.00pm.

When complete, the overpass will be a single lane for traffic travelling from Toowoomba to Warwick on the New England Highway and will include a 66-metre-long bridge.

Once the girders are installed, there will be a permanent height restriction for traffic using the Cunningham Highway as they will travel under the new overpass. Eastbound traffic will be restricted to 6.1 metres, while westbound traffic will be restricted to 7.1 metres.

Motorists should continue to carefully follow all temporary traffic management signs, including digital message signs, at the intersection for the safety of motorists and road workers.

The project is currently scheduled to be completed in August 2022, subject to weather and construction conditions.

TMR aims to prioritise the use of local labour and contractors in major infrastructure projects.

Construction at the Eight Mile intersection upgrade has successfully invested 99% of project funds in Queensland businesses to date, including over 55% in regional Queensland.

The safety of motorists and road workers is the department’s top priority. Motorists are reminded to remain alert as traffic conditions will often change during construction. Traffic management changes will include road shoulder and lane closures, and some minor diversions.

Drivers are asked to be patience during construction and follow all traffic management signs and signals, and the instructions from traffic controllers.

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