Toowoomba Range Upgrade 

Further to the Bypass, we promised to deliver better infrastructure and planning, and that’s exactly what we’ve delivered to the Toowoomba Range.

Repairs on the $80million safety upgrade are now complete, making the range fully accessible under extreme weather conditions to the more than 20,000 vehicles that use the highway daily.

The works included:

  • cutting the slopes back to a 45 degree angle and protecting them from further erosion with the installation of new drainage
  • safety works to help reduce the risk of future rock falls and landslides
  • turf reinforcement mats to protect slopes from erosion
  • rock fencing, and construction of a 350m-long rock protection wall
  • improved curves and widening of the existing carriageway
  • Upgrading culverts and drains to ensure effective storm water movement
  • A compost blanket cover containing the seeds of local native grasses, shrubs and trees

Toowoomba Bypass

With construction expected to begin by early this year and completed in mid-2018, I believe the Toowoomba Bypass is the most important economic project for our region.

Modelling shows over the next 30 years, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will help bring about a

  • $2.4 billion increase in productivity in the Toowoomba region alone , and
  • Create more than 1,800 new jobs during the project

With up to $1.285 billion in federal funding, and the Queensland Government’s allocation of $321.25 million to the project in the 2014-15 budget, the Toowoomba bypass is the single largest regional road infrastructure investment in Queensland’s history.