Historic Day as Western Half of Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Opens
The western section of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) has opened to traffic for the first time, marking a major milestone for one of the state’s largest infrastructure projects and for Queensland’s largest inland city.
Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said the completion of work on the western section of the project meant motorists could enjoy a new drive between Cranley and the Gore Highway before Christmas.
“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 41-kilometre-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 Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the partial opening of the $1.6 billion project was an historic day for Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley region.
Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said today’s partial opening in Cranley was a historic day for everyone from all levels of government who had contributed to the project over the years.
“The partial opening will provide new connections between Toowoomba’s Central Business District, Warrego Highway at Charlton, Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road – for access to Wellcamp Airport – and the Gore Highway.
“The opened section of TSRC between Charlton and Cranley provides a new connection for cars and light commercial vehicles between the logistics hub at Charlton and the CBD, via Mort Street.
“This section is also a B-double route, providing access from Charlton to the New England Highway for travel north from Toowoomba.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the once-in-a-generation project for the region would deliver economic benefits over decades to come.
“The Second Range Crossing is projected to contribute more than $2.4 billion in economic and productivity gains for Toowoomba businesses and industry over the next 30 years,” Mr Bailey said.
“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
Mr Bailey said the TSRC provides access to the newly opened truck stop and decoupling pad on Nass Road at Charlton through traffic signals installed at the Warrego Highway-Nass Road intersection.
Tolls will be announced closer to the opening of the whole road, with the toll gantry to be located east of the newly opened section.
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Key features of the opened section of TSRC from 8 December 2018 include:
- four lanes (two lanes each way) between Cranley and Charlton, a distance of 9 kilometres
- two lanes (one each way) between Charlton and Athol, a distance of 15 kilometres
- grade-separated interchanges at Cranley, Charlton, Wellcamp and Athol
- access to the Nass Road truck stop and decoupling pad at Charlton
- a grade separated connection to Boundary Street
- sections of centre line widening to reduce the risk of head-on crashes.
Expected completion of the upgrade on Griffiths Street by Toowoomba Regional Council in the coming weeks, will complete the permanent link between the TSRC and New England Highway at Harlaxton.
Griffiths Street will be a designated multi-combination vehicle route with as-of-right access for B-doubles to the New England Highway.
From 8 December, B-doubles using this route be detoured via Jellicoe Street until the upgrade is complete.