Toowoomba Bypass complete and open to traffic
Published 08 September 2019
TOOWOOMBA, QUEENSLAND – The Toowoomba Bypass has officially opened to traffic, marking the completion of one of Queensland’s highest priority road projects.
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack and Queensland Minister for Transport and Roads Mark Bailey attended the official opening of the road this week, which included community events and a charity fun run.
The $1.6 billion project, formerly known as the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, is a 41-kilometre bypass which runs to the north of Toowoomba from the Warrego Highway to the Gore Highway via Charlton.
It will improve the region’s traffic flow, reducing travel time across the Toowoomba range by up to 40 minutes and redirecting heavy vehicles from central Toowoomba.
Mr Bailey said the project is a significant piece of national infrastructure that will have a positive impact on the Toowoomba and Darling Downs regions for years to come.
“The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is a world-class road, so we want as many people to come and drive it,” Mr Bailey said.
“The bypass not only addresses increasing transport demands from the region’s growing population, but will improve freight efficiency, driver safety and relieve pressure on Toowoomba’s roads.
“Heavy vehicles without a destination in Toowoomba will also be mandated to use the bypass, so that means more trucks out of central Toowoomba so thoroughfares like James Street can be returned to the local community.”
Among the project’s technical highlights are an 800-metre viaduct over a railway line, and a mountain cutting that, by avoiding a tunnel alternative, allows all forms of heavy vehicles to use the bypass.
The road will be free to travel for the first three months before tolls apply.
In 2015 the Nexus consortium – comprising Plenary, Acciona, Cintra and Broadspectrum – was contracted by the Queensland Government to design, build, finance, and maintain the project for 25 years.
The first section of the bypass was opened in December 2018.
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