Major Construction starts on Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

Media Release


15 April 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Ian Macfarlane

Member for Groom

Today marks the start of major construction on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC).

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government had committed up to $1.137 billion to the TSRC project, making it the largest funding commitment to a single road project in Queensland.

“This is the start of large-scale construction on this vital piece of infrastructure, which will quickly take shape along the corridor between Helidon Spa in the Lockyer Valley and the Gore Highway at Athol, west of Toowoomba,” Mr Chester said.

“A key feature of the 41km-long road is a cutting at the top of the Toowoomba Range, just north of Toowoomba, which will remove over-sized vehicles and dangerous goods from the centre of Toowoomba.

“The Australian and Queensland governments are jointly funding the TSRC in recognition of its significance in promoting regional economic development through the creation of employment and supply chain opportunities.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said it was a great day for Queensland beginning construction on one of the State's highest priority road infrastructure projects.

“The Queensland Government has committed more than $321 million towards this joint project which will see significant flow-on economic benefits to Toowoomba and Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.

“The construction company Nexus pledged to involve local business by sourcing over 75 per cent of goods and services locally. The TSRC is expected to bring an estimated $2.4 billion over 30 years of productivity gain for business and industry to Toowoomba.

“It is estimated that the TSRC project will support 1800 direct and indirect jobs in the Toowoomba region.

“Construction of the project is expected to be completed by late 2018.”

Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the TSRC upgrade would improve safety on Toowoomba's local roads and enhance liveability for residents.

“It will also eliminate the need for heavy vehicles to negotiate up to 18 sets of traffic lights in Toowoomba, saving them up to 40 minutes each way,” Mr Macfarlane said.

The Australian Government has committed up to $1.137 billion to fund the project and the Queensland Government is also contributing 20 per cent of the construction costs.