Toowoomba Bypass

We have delivered an alternative crossing of the Toowoomba Range to improve freight efficiency and driver safety, relieve pressure on roads in the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley regions, and enhance livability for the region’s residents.

The Toowoomba Bypass, previously known as the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, plays 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 original crossing, 4,400 are heavy vehicles. Up to 80% of these are expected to divert via the 41km-long Toowoomba Bypass improving the livability for residents of the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley areas.

Benefits

  • Reduces travel time
  • Improves safety
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Contributes to economy
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow

Key features

The Toowoomba Bypass provides a number of features:

  • 4 lanes from Warrego Highway (East) Interchange to Warrego Highway (West)
  • 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 minimum clearance under bridges
  • new truck rest stop and decoupling area at Nass Road.

The Toowoomba Bypass allows:

  • drivers to avoid up to 18 sets of traffic lights
  • the redirection of heavy vehicles away from Toowoomba's Central Business District relieving local roads of bypassing freight traffic
  • the removal of over-dimensional and all classes of dangerous goods vehicles from the suburban streets of Toowoomba
  • enhanced livability for residents of the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley areas.

The Toowoomba Bypass facts and figures include:

  • 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 Toowoomba Bypass
  • 24 bridge locations with 30 structures
  • 40 road embankments.

Funding

We delivered the project through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement with Nexus Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

Total investment
$1.606 billion (indicative total cost)
Australian Government
$1.137 billion
Queensland Government
$469 million

Naming

The opening of the Toowoomba Bypass has meant some roads have changed names.

  • The Toowoomba Bypass is:
    • the Warrego Highway (Route A2) from the Warrego (East) interchange (Helidon Spa) to the Warrego (West) interchange (Charlton)
    • the Gore Highway (Route A39) from the Warrego (West) interchange (Charlton) to the Gore Highway interchange (Athol).
  • The old Warrego Highway from Helidon Spa to Toowoomba is now known as the Toowoomba Connection Road (A21).
  • The old Gore Highway from Charlton to Toowoomba is now known as the Toowoomba Athol Road (A139).

Current status

The project was opened to traffic in September 2019.

Tolling

Motorists using the Toowoomba Bypass are required to pay a toll which contributes to its operation and maintenance. The toll point is located close to the top of the range, east of the Mort Street Interchange.

For more information on the Toowoomba Bypass toll prices and toll payment visit Linkt, Queensland’s tolling service provider.

To pay tolls for the Toowoomba Bypass, motorists may open a tolling account with Linkt or any toll road operator in Australia:

  • E-way – phone 1300 555 833
  • E-Toll – phone 13 18 65
  • EastLink – phone (03) 9955 1400

Find out more in the Toowoomba Bypass Tolling Questions and Answers.

If you are experiencing hardship and having difficulty paying your toll for Toowoomba Bypass, you may be able to access hardship assistance through the Linkt Assist. You can contact Linkt Assist online or by phone on 1300 767 865 for further information.

Heavy vehicles

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

All heavy vehicles traversing the range are required to use the Toowoomba Bypass unless the vehicle has a local destination in Toowoomba or is travelling north or south via the New England Highway.

A local destination in Toowoomba is defined as a location within the mapped Blue Zone.

Destinations on the border of the Blue Zone (sections of Boundary Street, Bridge Street, Tor Street, Anzac Avenue, James Street, Canning Street and Drayton Connection Road as outlined on the map) will be required to use the Toowoomba Bypass.

We are considering various compliance activities to manage access arrangements on the Toowoomba Bypass and existing Toowoomba Range (Toowoomba Connection Road). These vary from industry information and education, to a combination of signage and on-road enforcement.

Videos

Watch the latest videos from Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (Toowoomba Bypass) project.

Toowoomba Bypass map

Toowoomba Bypass map

Heavy Vehicle Mandate map

Heavy Vehicle Mandate map

Toowoomba Bypass grade-separated intersection: Gore Highway - Athol

Toowoomba Bypass grade separated intersection Gore Highway Athol

Toowoomba Bypass grade-separated intersection: Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road - Wellcamp

Toowoomba Bypass grade-separated intersection Toowoomba Cecil Plains Road Wellcamp

Toowoomba Bypass grade-separated intersection: Warrego Highway (East) - Helidon Spa

Toowoomba Bypass grade-separated intersection Warrego Highway East Helidon Spa

Toowoomba Bypass grade-separated intersection: Warrego Highway (West) - Charlton

Toowoomba Bypass grade-separated intersection Warrego Highway West Charlton

Toowoomba Bypass overpass: Gowrie Junction Road - Gowrie Junction

Toowoomba Bypass overpass Gowrie Junction Road Gowrie Junction

Toowoomba Bypass grade-separated intersection: Boundary Street - Cranley

Toowoomba Bypass grade separated intersection Boundary Street Cranley

Toowoomba Bypass underpass: Murphys Creek Road - Postmans Ridge

Toowoomba Bypass underpass Murphys Creek Road Postmans Ridge

Toowoomba Bypass underpass: New England Highway - Mount Kynoch

Toowoomba Bypass underpass: New England Highway - Mount Kynoch