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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Works start on western links to Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

Media Release


25 May 2017

Joint release with:

John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom

David Littleproud

Federal Member for Maranoa

  • Key road links will reduce travel times and improve road safety
  • Project will reduce the number of heavy vehicles travelling through Toowoomba
  • The Australian Government is contributing up to $1.137 billion towards the project

Earthworks on vital interchanges west of Toowoomba as part 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.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester inspected early works during a recent visit to the region and said 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,” Mr Chester said.

“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 Groom John McVeigh said linking the Gore Highway to the TSRC at Athol would improve the safety and efficiency of the interstate road network.

“The project will also improve safety for Toowoomba locals with fewer trucks travelling through the Central Business District. This is an exciting step forward, with Nexus starting construction of the TSRC on and off ramps, and a bridge over the Gore Highway,” Dr McVeigh said.

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,” Mr Littleproud said.

“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.”

The Warrego West interchange will be future-proofed, following agreements that the overpass bridges will be made longer over the westbound lanes of the Warrego Highway, leaving room for a possible cloverleaf link between the two roads when traffic numbers warrant it.

The Warrego West interchange will also mark the transition from dual to single carriageway on the TSRC.  From the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa to Charlton, there will be two lanes in each direction. The western extent of the bypass will have one lane in each direction.

Works on the two interchanges are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.”

The Australian Government is funding 80 per cent of the project - up to $1.137 billion. The Queensland Government will fund the remainder through PPP contract arrangements with the Nexus consortium.