Acciona consortium opens £890m Toowoomba second range crossing in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 10 Sep 2019 ASIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Acciona and its partners Plenary Group and Cintra Infraestructuras have commissioned the final section of the Toowomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) in the Australian state of Queensland.

The Nexus consortium was selected in July 2015 for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the 41km-long TSRC which connects the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east with the Gore Highway at Athol in the west, via Charlton.

Completely open to traffic currently, the motorway has received an associated investment of A$1.6bn (£890.7m).

Acciona and Ferrovial Agroman were responsible for the design and construction while Broadspectrum is responsible for operation and maintenance for 25 years.

The TSRC features four lanes from Warrego Highway East Interchange to Warrego Highway West; grade separated interchanges at Warrego Highway West, Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road and Gore Highway; and a grade separated connection to Mort Street.

Additional features of the TSRC include an approximately 30m cutting at the top of the Range will be constructed as an alternative to the tunnel solution; an 800m viaduct built over the existing Queensland Rail line; continuity of the New England Highway through a new bridge over the cutting.

Australia Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Michael McCormack said: “This is a monumental project for the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley communities and a centrepiece of our $100 billion nationwide infrastructure investment that is getting Australians to where they need to be sooner and safer – including in our regions.”

The first section of the Toowoomba bypass was commissioned in December last year.

The Australian Government has provided financial assistance of A$1.137bn (£629.1m) for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project while the remaining funding was provided by the Queensland Government.

Australia’s Road Safety and Freight Transport assistant minister and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said: “This project will be transformational for our region, taking thousands of heavy vehicles off the range crossing, reducing travel times and enhancing the liveability of nearby residents in my community of the Lockyer Valley.”

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Image: The Toowomba Second Range Crossing in Queensland. Photo: courtesy of ACCIONA.

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