12 June 2019
| News

End of earthworks achieved in challenging geological area

Transformations to the national freight network in the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley regions are one step closer, with the end of the earthworks phase in the remaining four-kilometre section of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project scheduled for this month.

A total of six million cubic metres of material has been shifted in the section, which experienced delays due to a geological issue encountered while building an embankment.

Nexus Chief Executive Officer John Hagan said the construction team at Nexus Delivery had been working extended shifts for the past 11 months to complete the section.

“Ongoing activities will continue 24/7 through to project completion,” Mr Hagan said.

“Works will continue to be intermittent and may not occur every night or extend throughout the entire night.

“Higher impact works will be scheduled for during the day, and noise levels experienced during earthworks are expected to decrease substantially.

“This will allow us to complete the TSRC and open to traffic later this year.”

Activities remaining include subgrade placement, paving, shotcrete, concrete barrier line marking, drainage works, Intelligent Transport System (ITS) installation, landscaping and other minor activities.

About 24 kilometres of the TSRC from Mort Street, Cranley to the Gore Highway at Athol was opened on 3 December 2018.

The $1.6 billion project is a 41-kilometre heavy vehicle route to the north of Toowoomba, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

This includes an Australian Government contribution of $1.137 billion, with the balance funded by the Queensland Government.

The TSRC is an infrastructure project of national significance and a key component in Australia’s freight network.

It forms a vital strategic link within Australia’s National Freight Network (Brisbane – Melbourne and Brisbane – Darwin freight corridors) and Toowoomba’s emerging air/road/rail intermodal network.

It will also connect the highly productive agricultural and resource-rich Darling Downs, west and north-west Queensland, the northern inland region of New South Wales, and Toowoomba’s emerging intermodal and airfreight hubs with the Port of Brisbane, domestic and export supply chains and Australia’s major freight routes.