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Toowoomba Bypass

The Toowoomba Bypass (Warrego Highway) is the primary freight route for all heavy vehicles over 4.5t (excluding motorhomes and buses). The Toowoomba Bypass was designed to accommodate larger heavy vehicles like Type 1 road trains, B-Triples and PBS Level 3 combinations that were previously restricted from travelling down the Toowoomba Range.

The original Toowoomba Range (previously Warrego Highway) is now known as the Toowoomba Connection Road.

Accessing the Toowoomba Bypass

All heavy vehicles over 4.5t (excluding motorhomes and buses) must use the Toowoomba Bypass unless you have a local destination in Toowoomba or need to access the New England Highway.

You can access the Toowoomba Bypass at:

  • Helidon Spa (Warrego east interchange)
  • Cranley (Mort Street interchange)
  • Cranley (Boundary Street interchange)
  • Charlton (Warrego west interchange)
  • Athol (Gore Highway interchange)
  • Wellcamp (Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road interchange).

Tolling

All vehicles travelling on the Toowoomba Bypass between Helidon Spa and Mort Street interchange will be required to pay a toll.

Learn more about the toll charges including how to pay.

Heavy vehicles accessing Toowoomba or New England Highway via Toowoomba Connection Road

If you have a local destination in Toowoomba or are travelling on the New England Highway you may use Toowoomba Connection Road instead of the Toowoomba Bypass.

A local destination in Toowoomba is defined as a start or endpoint within the mapped Blue Zone.

Destinations on the border of the Blue Zone (sections of Boundary Street, Bridge Street, Tor Street, Anzac Avenue and Drayton Connection Road) are required to use the Toowoomba Bypass.

Heavy vehicle usage will be closely monitored. Drivers found travelling through the Toowoomba road network without a local destination or travelling on the New England Highway may be fined.

Changes to heavy vehicle permits and road access

Notices under the Heavy Vehicle National Law have been developed to cover the changed names of your permitted routes, until it is time for renewal. This will also apply to those existing permit holders who need to use the Toowoomba Connection Road.

Queensland Class 2 Toowoomba Connection Road Authorisation Notice 2019 (No.1)

This notice provides access to the Toowoomba Connection Road for eligible vehicles that have a Class 2 mass or dimension authorisation permit under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Note: This notice does not apply to all Class 2 vehicles, but only to those with a permit authorising it to operate on the section of the former Warrego Highway that now corresponds with the Toowoomba Connection Road.

Queensland Class 1 and Class 3 Toowoomba Connection Road Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1)

This notice provides access to the Toowoomba Connection Road for eligible vehicles that have a Class 1 or Class 3 mass or dimension exemption permit under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Note: This notice does not apply to all Class 1 and Class 3 vehicles, but only to those with a mass or dimension exemption permit authorising it to operate on the section of the former Warrego Highway that now corresponds with the Toowoomba Connection Road.

Queensland Class 2 Performance Based Standards A-Double (Toowoomba to Port of Brisbane) Authorisation Notice 2019 (No.1)

This notice is to authorise Performance Based Standards (PBS) A-doubles to access a special PBS network running from Toowoomba to Port of Brisbane up to a gross combination mass of 85t. The notice states:

'The Toowoomba Connection Road and the Warrego Highway intersect, and operators may use the most appropriate of these routes'.

This means if you do not have local business in Toowoomba permit holders must use the Toowoomba Bypass, as it is mandatory for heavy vehicles.

Type 1 road trains and Performance Based Standards Level 3A networks on the Warrego Highway have now been aligned to the new Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility. A permanent heavy vehicle decoupling facility is available at Gatton.

Conditions for oversize loads

The following conditions ensure the movement of oversize loads are managed in a safe and efficient way, minimising the impact to operators whilst maintaining network efficiency for all road users.

Loads between 5.5m and 7.0m in width and less than 102.5t

  • At least 1 hour prior to travel on the Toowoomba Bypass, you must contact Broadspectrum on (07) 4593 0001.
  • You must pull over at regular intervals to allow traffic to pass.

Loads between 5.5m and 7.0m in width and greater than 102.5t

  • Travel is only permitted between 8pm and 5am.
  • At least 1 hour prior to travel on the Toowoomba Bypass, you must contact Broadspectrum on (07) 4593 0001.
  • You must pull over at regular intervals to allow traffic to pass.

Loads exceeding 7.0m in width

  • Travel is only permitted between 8pm and 5am.
  • At least 1 hour prior to travel on the Toowoomba Bypass, you must contact Broadspectrum on (07) 4593 0001.
  • While in transit, Broadspectrum will communicate with the driver, pilot and Queensland Police escorts on UHF Channel 40. If traffic builds up, you will be required to stop at the next available stopping bay to allow traffic to pass.

Traffic Management Plan

You must submit a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) with any access application for loads exceeding 8.0m in width, 5.4m in height or 45.0m in length. We will not assess access applications without a TMP.

You can download a detailed TMP template from the Queensland Police website.

Last updated
15 June 2021