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Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project

27 October 2015 - The Australian and Queensland Governments are set to deliver the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project, with work expected to start in coming months.

Nexus Infrastructure was recently awarded the contract to design, construct, operate and maintain the 41km-long TSRC, connecting the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east with the Gore Highway at Athol in the west, via Charlton.

A design joint venture between Aurecon and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been commissioned as the design team for Nexus Delivery (Acciona and Ferrovial Construction Joint Venture) who are delivering the project for the Nexus Infrastructure consortium.

Drawing from a strong team that demonstrates global capability and world class expertise, the TSRC project will deliver a second range crossing located north of Toowoomba that will see freight moved more efficiently. It will also significantly improve the safety of commuters by removing heavy freight vehicles from the Toowoomba Central Business District.

The scope of works for the Design Joint Venture includes earthworks, structures (including an 800m long viaduct), pavements, drainage and flooding hydrology, road design and environmental services.

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project

“To be the team that will get to design this once–in-a-lifetime regional project is quite a remarkable achievement for Aurecon, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and our people who have worked so diligently to get us to this stage,” said Denis Manassero, Design Director for the design joint venture.

The project includes:

  • 41km of new highway
  • Four lanes from Warrego Highway east interchange to Warrego Highway west
  • Grade separated interchanges at Warrego Highway east and west, Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road interchange and Gore Highway
  • A grade separated connection to Mort Street
  • An approximately 30m deep cutting at the top of the Toowoomba Range will be constructed as an alternative to the tunnel solution in the reference design to allow all heavy vehicles, including dangerous goods carriers and over-dimensional vehicles, to use the TSRC
  • An 800m long viaduct built over the existing Queensland Rail line
  • Continuation of the New England Highway through a new bridge over the cutting.

The project is expected to be finished in 2018, weather permitting.


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