Value of project
$1B - $5B

Tender

Q3 (Jul-Sep)
2015

Construction
Start

Q1 (Jan-Mar)
2016

Construction
End

Q4 (Oct-Dec)
2018

Construct to new sealed four lane standard - This project involves the construction of 41km bypass road to the north of Toowoomba, running from the Warrego Highway at Helidon in the east, to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west. Key features of the project include:
- four lanes (two lanes each way) from Warrego Highway East interchange to Warrego Highway West;
- grade separated interchanges at Warrego Highway East interchange, Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road and Gore Highway;
- a grade separated connection to Mort Street;
- 30 metre cutting at the top of the Range will be constructed as an alternative to the tunnel solution as detailed in the reference design to allow all heavy vehicles including dangerous goods and over dimensional vehicles to use the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing;
- an 800 metre viaduct constructed over the existing Queensland Rail line; and
- continuity of the New England Highway through a new bridge over the cutting.

The project will deliver the following benefits to the region and the state:
- up to 1800 full-time jobs during the construction and maintenance of the project;
- improved road and driver safety;
- reduced travel times across the Range by up to 40 minutes for heavy commercial vehicles;
- avoiding up to 18 sets of traffic lights;
- relieved pressure on Toowoomba's local roads by redirecting trucks away from Toowoomba's Central Business District;
- increased freight efficiencies; and
- enhance the liveability of the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley areas.

Qld 4350

Government agency - Department of Transport and Main Roads

Project Funding source - Queensland Government
Australian Government

For more information contact: District Direct (Darling Downs)
1 - 5 Phillip Street
Toowoomba Qld 4350

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