Treasurer and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, Minister for Main Roads and Transport Mark Bailey and Ipswich West MP Jim Madden at a recent Warrego Hwy funding announcement.
Treasurer and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, Minister for Main Roads and Transport Mark Bailey and Ipswich West MP Jim Madden at a recent Warrego Hwy funding announcement. Contributed

BUDGET REVEAL: $600 million boost for south-western highways

A SOLUTION may be in sight for the notorious Mt Crosby Rd interchange, with a $400 million boost to the joint-funded Warrego Highway Upgrade Program announced ahead of today's state budget.

The State Government will prioritise a jointly-funded $22 million upgrade at the busy Mt Crosby Rd interchange to help ease congestion around the state's principal east-west highway.

Ipswich West MP Jim Madden has been a fierce proponent for the interchange and said as it is a National Highway project, the contribution from the state should be 20 per cent with the remaining 80 per cent tipped in by the Federal Government.

The project will include duplicating the lanes on the southern roundabout, constructing a dedicated pedestrian and bike bridge over the Warrego Highway and optimising traffic movements.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said Mr Madden had lobbied tirelessly for the interchange upgrade.

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