Toowoomba Second Range Crossing opens
THE Toowoomba Second Range Crossing opened to traffic for the first time yesterday, marking a milestone in the $1.6 billion project.
The opening of the 24km western section of the bypass means motorists can drive between Cranley and the Gore Highway.
“This is fantastic news for residents and visitors to the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley regions,” Infrastructure Minister Mark McCormack said.
“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.”
State Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project would deliver huge economic benefits.
“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. “The wider freight industry also stands to gain.”
Tolls will be announced closer to the final opening.