Earthworks on vital interchanges west of Toowoomba as part of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project are getting into full swing, with Stage 2 of the Gore Highway works at Athol and the Warrego West interchange projects now underway.
The plan aims to ensure that the Warrego West interchange is future-proofed, following agreements that the overpass bridges will be made longer over the westbound lanes of the Warrego Highway, leaving room for a possible cloverleaf link between the two roads when traffic numbers warrant it.
The Warrego West interchange will also mark the transition from dual to single carriageway on the TSRC. From the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa to Charlton, there will be two lanes in each direction.
The western extent of the bypass will have one lane in each direction. Works on the two interchanges are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud welcomes progress on the two interchanges.
“The Gore Highway will connect to the Warrego Highway through the TSRC and to the Newell Highway at Goondiwindi, forming part of the interstate road network used to transport goods between Brisbane and Melbourne.”
“That makes these two interchanges vital links between the TSRC and the busy western and southern transport corridors for Toowoomba’s fast-developing industrial precinct. They will help underpin the region’s future economic growth and the creation of jobs for decades to come.”
The Australian Government is funding 80 per cent of the project – up to $1.137 billion. The Queensland Government will fund the remainder through PPP contract arrangements with the Nexus consortium.