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Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

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

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.

Background

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

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 Second Range Crossing?

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.

ToowoombaByass-Map-large

Proposed route for the Toowoomba bypass 

 

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing: Video

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing flyover video

Why do we need it?

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing 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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