The Queensland government has announced the beginning of major construction works on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the project was the largest funding commitment to any single road project within Queensland.
“This is the start of large-scale construction on this vital piece of infrastructure, which will quickly take shape along the corridor between Helidon Spa in the Lockyer Valley and the Gore Highway at Athol, west of Toowoomba,” Chester said.
“A key feature of the 41km-long road is a cutting at the top of the Toowoomba Range, just north of Toowoomba, which will remove over-sized vehicles and dangerous goods from the centre of Toowoomba.”
The project is being jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments to the tune of $1.137 billion.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety, Mark Bailey, said the project was one of the state's highest priority projects.
“The Queensland government has committed more than $321 million towards this joint project which will see significant flow-on economic benefits to Toowoomba and Queensland,” Bailey said.
“The construction company Nexus pledged to involve local business by sourcing over 75 per cent of goods and services locally. The TSRC is expected to bring an estimated $2.4 billion over 30 years of productivity gain for business and industry to Toowoomba.”
Construction on the project is expected to be completed by late 2018.
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