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Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

ACCIONA Infrastructure as a Design and Construct JV partner of the Nexus Infrastructure consortium, awarded with the contract to design and construct the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC).

In August 2015, Nexus Infrastructure was 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. Nexus Infrastructure will finalise its design and procurement and begin site establishment works along the corridor in 2015.

General information

Location
Toowoomba, QLD,Australia
Contract
PPP
Infrastructure
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
Project Value
AU$ 1.6 billion
Estimated completion date
2018
Operation and Maintenance
25 years

Key Features

Key features of Design and Construct solution for the TSRC include:

  • Four lanes from Warrego Highway east interchange to Warrego Highway west
  • Grade separated interchanges at Warrego Highway 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 detailed 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
  • Continuity of the New England Highway through a new bridge over the cutting

Benefits

ACCIONA and our partners recognise the significance of this Toowoomba Second Range Crossing in terms of regional economic development, employment and supply chain opportunities and training and skills development. Benefits to the region include:

  • Creation of up to 1800 full-time jobs during the construction and maintenance of the project
  • Increase economic activity in the region by $2.4 billion over 30 years
  • Diversion of almost 80% of heavy and super-heavy commercial vehicles away from the existing range crossing
  • Diversion of heavy and super-heavy commercial vehicles away from the Toowoomba Central Business district
  • The avoidance of up to 18 sets of traffic lights
  • Reduction of travel time across the range by up to 40 minutes for heavy commercial vehicles
  • Increased freight efficiencies
  • Improved road and driver safety
  • Enhanced liveability for the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley areas

Current Status

Nexus Infrastructure and the Queensland Government reached Contract Close with on 21st August 2015, shortly followed by Financial Close on the 25th August. The design is currently being finalised, and procurement and site establishment works along the corridor will commence in 2015.

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