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Second range crossing update

This is a Department of Transport and Main Roads project. Refer to the Queensland Government DTMR website and Projects Queensland website for details.

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 project has also moved to the next phase with private companies being asked to register their interest in constructing the $1.7 billion toll road project.

The announcement follows years of lobbying by successive Toowoomba City and Toowoomba Regional Councils.

More information is available here: http://www.treasury.qld.gov.au/projects-queensland/projects/toowoomba-range-crossing/

Toowoomba bypass announcement on 31 January 2014. 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

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.

What is the Toowoomba Bypass?

The proposed Toowoomba Bypass is a vital road link that is integral to the region's future economic growth. The present situation with the Toowoomba Range crossing is extremely inadequate for the massive flow of freight experienced on a daily basis. It is a critical infrastructure project that needs to be funded from the Federal Government’s Building Australia Fund.

The proposed bypass will span 42 km from the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa to the Gore Highway at Athol, as detailed in the map below.

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Proposed route for the Toowoomba bypass 

 

Toowoomba Bypass Forum - Videos

Bypass flyover video

Why do we need it?

The Toowoomba Bypass will:

  • Improve safety for motorists and heavy vehicle drivers
  • Provide an efficient route for the transportation of goods to Brisbane and overseas markets
  • Provide a safer alternative to the steep gradient of the current range crossing for drivers of heavy vehicles and passenger vehicles
  • Create a quicker route to Brisbane or to the west, for those not wanting to travel through Toowoomba
  • Reduce traffic movements in the Toowoomba city.

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