Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Safe turning solutions for Helidon Spa connections

Media Release

MM103/2018

12 July 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Mark Bailey

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Mr Scott Buchholz MP

Federal Member for Wright

The Hon Mark Furner

QLD Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries

Work has started on one of two U-turn facilities to improve safety at the Postmans Ridge Road and the Warrego Highway intersection at Helidon Spa, Queensland.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the removal of right-turn access and provision of U-turn facilities nearby would significantly reduce the crash risk at the intersection and allow safer movements onto the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC).

“These works will provide a safer alternative for drivers with U-turn facilities to be installed either side of the existing intersection to maintain access to Postmans Ridge Road and Twidales Road,” ;Mr McCormack said.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said negotiations were taking place regarding the cost and staging of works to complete the U-turn facility near Twidales Road.

“The current plan is to stage works so the intersection crossover remains open until both U-turn facilities are available for use, however we still need to conduct a detailed analysis to determine whether we keep the crossover in place while the U-turn facility near Twidales Road is being built,” Mr Bailey said.

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said residents, business owners and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council were consulted to help achieve the best solution for the community.

“The community will be kept informed about the timing of the crossover closure, and we will maintain left in and left out turning ability on both sides of the Warrego Highway at the intersection,” Mr Buchholz said.

Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the TSRC would deliver economic benefits for farmers west of the Great Dividing Range.

“This alternative crossing of the Toowoomba Range for all classes of heavy vehicles will improve freight movements and driver safety to support our farming communities and Western Queensland's local economies,” Mr Furner said.

The TSRC involves the construction of a bypass route to the north of Toowoomba, about 41 kilometres in length, running from the Warrego Highway at Helidon in the east, to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west.

It will provide an alternative route and assist in managing increasing traffic volumes, particularly heavy vehicle movements from the developing resources region in the Surat Basin.

The Australian Government has committed $1.137 billion towards the TSRC with the Queensland Government contributing equivalent to 20 per cent through a Public Private Partnership with the Nexus consortium.