Works Have Begun on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing’s Western Links
Earthworks on the western links of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project are getting into full swing, with stage 2 of the Gore Highway works at Athol and the Warrego West interchange projects now underway.
The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is a 41 km long bypass which will run from the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the West, via Charlton. It will be funded on an 80:20 funding split between the Australian and Queensland governments. The Australian Government is putting $1.137 billion towards the project while the Queensland Government has committed $321 million.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester inspected the project during a recent visit to the region stating the new interchanges would improve freight efficiency, reduce congestion in Toowoomba and help save lives.
“Creating good connections for heavy vehicles using the TSRC means fewer trucks through the middle of Toowoomba, quicker travel times for all drivers and improved safety all round.”
“The Australian Government is investing up to $1.137 billion in the TSRC — money well spent when it comes to boosting the local, state and national economy and keeping people safe on our roads.”
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud welcomed progress on the two interchanges.
“The Gore Highway will connect to the Warrego Highway through the TSRC and to the Newell Highway at Goondiwindi, forming part of the interstate road network used to transport goods between Brisbane and Melbourne.”
“That makes these two interchanges vital links between the TSRC and the busy western and southern transport corridors for Toowoomba’s fast-developing industrial precinct. They will help underpin the region’s future economic growth and the creation of jobs for decades to come.”
It is expected the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will create $2.4 billion over 30 years of economic and productivity gain for business and industry to Toowoomba.
It is expected the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will open in late 2018.
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Source: Government of Australia