Road safety advisory group chair Graham Buchner and treasurer David Kemp support the idea of a second bridge alongside O.O. Madsen to fix the bottleneck issue.
Road safety advisory group chair Graham Buchner and treasurer David Kemp support the idea of a second bridge alongside O.O. Madsen to fix the bottleneck issue. Emma Channon

Second bridge plan revealed

BOTTLENECKING problems across the Condamine River could one day be water under the O.O. Madsen Bridge, with Main Roads recommending a second crossing.

A Main Roads spokeswoman said a second bridge alongside O.O. Madsen was proposed as part of the updated Warwick Traffic Management Study, which was tabled with council at the last Engineering Services meeting.

However, she stressed it was part of a number of “long-term possibilities” and would require consideration in great depth by the department and the Southern Downs Regional Council.

The proposal for a second bridge would ease traffic congestion along the crossing by providing another two lanes and completely separating north and south-bound traffic.

Warwick and District Community Road Safety Group chairman Graham Buchner said a second crossing would solve what he believed was Warwick’s sole traffic difficulty.

“That would eliminate the bottlenecking problem and make traffic flow much more smoothly,” Mr Buchner said.

“You wouldn’t add lanes on to the bridge that’s already there – you’d do what they did at the Gateway Bridge, which was to build two separate bridges.

“The ideal place would be (on the northern side) into the sporting fields. It would go through the edge of the football field and take a slice out of Jackie Howe Park and go over the railway line and join into Alexandra Dr after.”

The Main Roads spokeswoman said the findings from the study were “purely recommendations” with some suggested timeframes.

“Not all recommendations will be adopted and funding will be considered in the future on a priority basis,” she said.

“Community consultation will be carried out if any funding became available for any of the recommendations.”

In its recommendations Main Roads said Helene St, which flows into O.O. Madsen Bridge, did not require a four-lane capacity until after 2021 and works were “required in association with a Yangan Rd intersection upgrade”.

Part of the upgrade and widening of the highway into Warwick would include widening of the railway bridge.

The study found these measures “would improve (traffic) capacity and intersection definition, with (safer conditions) for turning vehicles”.

Stanthorpe-bound traffic along Wallace St will also flow with more ease, with Main Roads also suggesting an additional lane each way to provide “for slow trucks climbing the grade”.

This suggestion was made for after 2021.

The Main Roads spokeswoman also said the report “did not recommend additional lanes to Albion St”.

The study did however suggest reducing “accesses and on-road parking” along Albion St.

The Warwick Traffic Management Study was revised last year and is being used to proactively examine the needs of the road network through Warwick for the next 10 years.



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