Toowoomba Sec­ond Range Cross­ing opens

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.

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