One of Australia’s largest road infrastructure projects, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, opened on 8 September to provide an alternative route for all classes of heavy and super-heavy vehicles.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the 41-kilometre-long bypass route included an 800-metre-long viaduct and would remove trucks from the city’s centre.
The new route is aimed at improving freight efficiency and driver safety and improving the quality of life for residents in Toowoomba and the city’s near neighbor Withcott in the Lockyer Valley.
Built under a public private partnership, the project had an indicative total cost of $1.6 billion, with the Commonwealth contributing $1.13 billion.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport and Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz, said new crossing was one of the largest road transport projects in Australia’s history.
“This project will be transformational for our region, taking thousands of heavy vehicles off the range crossing, reducing travel times and enhancing the liveability of nearby residents in my community of the Lockyer Valley.”