Update: 13 June, 2013
A call for private construction company Expressions of Interest has been issued.
The Australian and Queensland governments are inviting the private sector to partner with them to deliver a world-class Public Private Partnership asset.
The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is the largest Australian Government commitment to a single regional road project in Queensland history.
The recent Federal Budget has confirmed the availability of up to $1.285 billion in funding, and the Queensland Government has allocated $321.25 million to the project in the 2014-15 Budget.
More than 60 consortia and individual companies participated in the Registration of Interest phase earlier in the year.
On Friday 31 January, the Queensland and Australian Governments announced that an agreement on the full funding of the Toowoomba Bypass had been reached. Construction on this vital piece of infrastructure is expected to commence mid 2015.
The announcement follows years of lobbying by successive Toowoomba City and Toowoomba Regional Councils.
More information is available here: www.qld.gov.au/tsrc
Caption From left: Member for Toowoomba South John McVeigh, Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio, Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss (obscured), Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson, Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts, Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane, Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls.
The proposed Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is a vital road link that is integral to the region's future economic growth. The existing Toowoomba Range crossing is considered inadequate for the massive flow of freight experienced on a daily basis.
The proposed road will span 42 km from the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa to the Gore Highway at Athol, as detailed in the map below.
For some more background information on the proposed Bypass please view the following articles:
The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will: