The western section of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) has opened to traffic in a key milestone for the $1.6 billion infrastructure project.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said the completion of work on the western section meant motorists could enjoy a new drive between Cranley and the Gore Highway before Christmas.
“This is fantastic news for residents and visitors to the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley regions,” Mr McCormack said.
“People now have an opportunity to see the results of the hard work and skilled engineering that has supported the delivery of this world-class road project.
“There is still more work to do on the eastern section at Ballard throughout the first half of 2019, but when that is finished we will see a 41km-long toll road that passes Toowoomba’s northern side, linking the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east and the Gore Highway at Athol in the west.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said
Second Range Crossing was projected to contribute more than $2.4 billion in economic and productivity gains for Toowoomba businesses and industry over the next 30 years.
“Local participation from the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley region on the project was measured at just over 80 per cent in the total dollar value of contracts with up to 1800 direct and indirect jobs forecast to be created during construction, operation and maintenance stages of the project<” he said.
“The local economic benefits are clear, but the wider freight industry also stands to gain from this visionary project.
“We look forward to celebrating the full road completion with a fantastic community event mid-next year.”
Mr Bailey said the TSRC provided access to the newly opened truck stop and decoupling pad on Nass Rd at Charlton through traffic signals installed at the Warrego Highway-Nass Rd intersection.