22/04/14

Motorists will have a safer ride when travelling down the Toowoomba Range when a new section of the eastbound lanes opens tonight.

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The opening would benefit the 23,000 vehicles that use the Range every day, of which 21 per cent were heavy vehicles according to Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts.

“This is an extremely important travel and freight route and the opening of the down lanes follows 13 months of important work, with the repairs on track to be completed by mid-year,” he said.

“The new 1.2-kilometre section was built as a cost-effective alternative to purely repairing the damage from the devastating 2011 flood. Slopes above the existing down lanes needed a lot of work, which would have disrupted traffic over a long period. Building this new section on a straighter alignment, with emergency ramps for heavy vehicles on the left and right-hand sides, also addresses a decades-old safety issue. The tight curves on the old section added to the risk of heavy vehicles rolling over on the corners.”

“During the 2011 flood it was closed to traffic for three days while rocks and other debris were cleared away,” he said. “The rebuilding of this critical transport link supports regional economies by ensuring major industries including tourism, agriculture, resources and construction can continue to operate in all weather conditions.”

Eligible Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding for the repair of the previous eastbound lane has been used in the construction of this new alignment with additional required funding contributed by Transport and Main Roads.

via Toowoomba North Electorate Office