ROADWORKS that have reduced the Warrego Hwy down to one lane at Helidon should be finished early next year, weather permitting.
A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesman told Big Rigs the highway was being reconstructed as a result of damage from heavy rain and massive floods in the summers of 2010 and 2011.
"Transport and Main Roads is engaged in the significant task of reconstructing the Warrego Hwy across three regions - metropolitan, Darling Downs, and south-west," the spokesman said.
"Works will include drainage repairs, shoulder widening, road stabilisation and pavement overlays.
"This will provide a smoother, safer ride for motorists."
The department has warned that traffic delays of up to 10 minutes may be encountered at each work site.
"Work will start at 6am and finish at 6pm Monday to Friday, with occasional works scheduled outside these hours to deliver works more quickly," he said.
"The Warrego Hwy between Ipswich and Charleville is a lifeline to Queensland's western communities and an important route for the transport industry due to the emerging energy sector development.
"Traffic volumes have increased by an average of 6% each year between 2006 and 2010 - more than double the state's average.
"The combined impact of cross-regional flood-related reconstruction projects on the Warrego Hwy and ensuring the safety of drivers presents unique challenges for the department.
"We also realise the need for transport operators to be able to deliver goods with minimal disruption."
At the Helidon rest area the parking area, benches, shelters and toilet facilities are being reconstructed.
For trucks travelling through the work site at Helidon, there are excess mass and dimension restrictions in place.
For up-to-date information on when wide loads can pass through this work site, please email Fulton Hogan on firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 0417 245 916 or visit the TMR website.