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Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

Overview:

The department is delivering a second range crossing that takes heavy vehicle highway traffic around north of Toowoomba rather than through it.

Location:

The 41km-long route is from the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west, via Charlton.

Benefits:

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) is an alternative crossing of the Toowoomba Range for all classes of heavy and super heavy vehicles to improve freight efficiency and driver safety, relieve pressure on Toowoomba’s roads, and enhance liveability for residents of the city and its near neighbour Withcott in the Lockyer Valley.

Supplier:

Nexus Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

Funding:

This project is being delivered under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, with an indicative total cost of $1.606 billion. This includes an Australian Government contribution of $1.137 billion, with the balance to be funded by the Queensland Government.

Regions:
Downs South West Region - Darling Downs District

Project info

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) is opening soon!

Come join us for the opening on 7–8 September.

About the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) reaches 41km from the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west, via Charlton.

The TSRC will play a key role in accelerating the growth of regional Australia. Toowoomba is a key strategic link in the National Land Transport Network with almost half of all exports from the Port of Brisbane originating from regions accessed via the existing Warrego Highway Toowoomba Range section.

Of the 24,600 vehicle movements daily on the existing crossing, 4400 are heavy vehicles. Up to 80% of these are expected to divert via the 41km-long TSRC improving the amenity of Toowoomba.

When open, the TSRC will officially become the Warrego Highway (Route A2) from the Warrego east interchange (Helidon Spa) to the Warrego west interchange (Charlton) and the Gore Highway (Route A39) from the Warrego west interchange (Charlton) to the Gore Highway interchange (Athol).

Benefits

  • Improved road and driver safety
  • Reduced travel times and greater travel time reliability
  • Avoiding up to 18 sets of traffic lights
  • Relieved pressure on Toowoomba roads by redirecting heavy vehicles away from Toowoomba's Central Business District
  • Removal of over-dimensional and all classes of dangerous goods vehicles from the suburban streets of Toowoomba
  • Increased freight efficiencies
  • Enhanced liveability for residents of the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley areas. 

Regional economic impacts measured for the 2012 Business Case indicate the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will increase the regional productivity of Toowoomba by $2.4 billion (Net Present Value), and national productivity by $3.1 billion (NPV).

Facts and figures

  • 4 lanes from Warrego Highway East Interchange to Warrego Highway West
  • 10 million cubic metres of cut earthworks
  • 42 cut excavations on the main alignment
  • 30m deep cutting at the top of the range
  • Maximum 6.5% gradient down the range
  • 90km/h down the range, 100km/h on the rest of the TSRC
  • 2 truck safety emergency ramps on the down section (eastbound) of the range
  • Designed to accommodate type 1 road trains
  • 22 pull over bays long enough for type 1 road trains
  • 6.1m maximum clearance under bridges
  • New truck rest stop and decoupling area at Nass Road
  • 24 bridges
  • 40 road embankments.

Using the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

Tolling

The operation and maintenance costs of the TSRC are funded by tolls. Find out more about the toll point, toll costs and paying a toll

Heavy vehicles

All heavy vehicles will be required to use the TSRC unless the vehicle has a local destination in Toowoomba or is travelling to, or from, the Warwick area via the New England Highway.

The TSRC is primarily a freight route which has been designed and built to accommodate larger heavy vehicles (Type 1 road trains, B-Triples and PBS Level 3 heavy vehicles).

The TSRC offers truck operators more options to configure their freight movements providing increased freight efficiencies and significant cost savings along this key regional freight route.

A local destination in Toowoomba is defined as:

  • travelling from the west of Toowoomba (e.g. Warrego Highway west, Gore Highway) for business east of Boundary Street
  • travelling from the east of Toowoomba for business occurring between Boundary Street interchange and the Warrego Highway east interchange at Helidon Spa
  • travelling north into Toowoomba on the New England Highway, or entering Toowoomba from the east and travelling south on the New England Highway.

These vehicles are excluded from the mandating requirement as using the TSRC is not considered an efficient movement for users.

TMR is considering a range of compliance activities to manage access arrangements on the TSRC and existing Toowoomba Range. These range from industry information and education, to a combination of signage and on-road enforcement. Failure to comply with the mandate may result in fines and other penalties.

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  • Phone: 13 23 80 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays)

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Gazetted name

When opened the TSRC will officially become the Warrego Highway (route A2) from the Warrego east interchange (Helidon Spa) to the Warrego west interchange (Charlton) and the Gore Highway (Route A39) from the Warrego west interchange (Charlton) to the Gore Highway interchange (Athol).

The TSRC will be known as the Toowoomba Bypass.

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Viaduct from the east
Viaduct from the east

Viaduct to New England Highway
Viaduct to New England Highway

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing opening

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Last updated
20 August 2019