Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

Opening the Darling Downs for business

Local residents and road transport operators who drive the Toowoomba Range Crossing have recognised the need for a second crossing for many years.

  • Contract value:

    Estimated $1.6+ billion

  • Client:

    Department of Transport and Main Roads

  • Contract style:

    Availability payment public-private partnership

  • Finance:

    Privately financed with government contribution

  • Procurement completed:

    Estimated mid-2015

  • Delivery period:

    Late 2015 to late 2018

  • Maintenance period:

    25 years from completion of construction

Now, with Federal Government committing funds to the project, the Queensland Government can deliver this much-needed piece of infrastructure.

Funded on an 80:20 basis by the Australian and Queensland Governments, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will cost around $1.6 billion to build. The Australian Government’s funding commitment is the largest single contribution to a Queensland road project since Federation. It is a highly complex project and one of Queensland’s highest priority road infrastructure projects. This aerial map and layout (PDF 2,015 K) show its proposed path. Its scale, complexity and value mean it is essential that the State minimises risk by contracting the work to reliable and proven parties with the technical and financial capability to deliver the State’s objectives for the project, while also maximising value-for-money through innovative design.

Projects Queensland is responsible for procuring the project. With an estimated construction period of around three years, Projects Queensland has advised potential proponents that the contract will be structured as an availability-based public-private partnership. Using this model, the State Government will provide upfront Government funding contributions during the construction stage of the project and ongoing service payments over the 25 year operation and maintenance stage, which will be dependent on performance.

It is anticipated procurement will take up to 12 months and the project will be ‘shovel ready’ in mid to late 2015.

At its completion, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will divert almost 80 per cent of heavy and super heavy commercial vehicles away from the existing range crossing and cut travel time across the range by up to 40 minutes for heavy vehicles. It is also anticipated that, through improved freight movement, the crossing will increase economic activity in the region by $2.4 billion over 30 years. Local residents will also benefit from reduced noise, improved safety and improved local road conditions as traffic is removed from the main thoroughfare through town.

Learn more about the project

Project status

Three consortia, comprised of local, national and international contractors, operators and financiers have been shortlisted to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the procurement process. Shortlisted consortia will have the opportunity to work with Government on detailed proposals during the RFP phase.

Nexus: Nexus comprises Plenary Group, Acciona Infrastructure Australia, Ferrovial Agroman (Australia), Cintra Infraestructuras SA, Acciona Concesiones and Transfield Services (Australia).

RangeConnect: RangeConnect comprises Leighton Contractors, Thiess, Macquarie Capital (Australia), Leighton Holdings, Leighton Contractor Investment Partners and Aberdeen Infrastructure Funds.

RangeLink: RangeLink comprises Bouygues Construction Australia, Fulton Hogan Construction, Wagners Quarries, Meridiam RangeLink, Fulton Hogan Industries and Egis Projects Asia Pacific.

Has work commenced along the TSRC?

On behalf of the State, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is responsible for preparing the corridor for project handover in mid-2015. This involves coordinating contractors to undertake preparatory works. The preparatory works include but are not limited to: air and noise monitoring, fencing, flora and fauna surveys, cultural heritage surveys, geotechnical drilling and demolition of reclaimed TMR houses.

TMR has been in consultation with affected stakeholders regarding the preparatory works along the corridor and surrounding areas.

It is the State's intention that the TSRC will be constructed within a corridor of reserved State-owned land which has already been acquired. However, the final design and the exact location of the road will not be able to be determined until the completion of the procurement process in mid-2015.

The preparatory works are important to ensure a smooth and effective transition of the corridor to the successful proponent.

When will community consultation start?

The successful proponent selected through the procurement process will be responsible for consultation with landholders and the local communities about the construction of the TSRC, its final design and potential construction impacts to the area.

The successful proponent will also be required to comply with all relevant State and Federal environmental laws and Queensland Government’s Charter for Local Content.

I live near the TSRC, how will my property be affected?

Until the design has been developed, evaluated and finalised through the procurement process, specific property impacts will not be known. However, consultation in regards to preparatory works have commenced with directly affected stakeholders along the corridor.

Please refer to the TSRC homepage to view the detailed map of the proposed indicative location of the TSRC based on previous reference design work undertaken. It is noted that the final design is likely to differ from the reference design.

I am a business owner. How can my business get involved in the Project?

The successful proponent will be responsible for resourcing the project and it is likely that this will be progressed by each proponent during the Request for Proposals phase. If your business can provide one (or a limited set of) services or supplies within the Project, you should seek to align your business with those consortiums participating in the Request for Proposals phase. A list of the companies participating in each consortium is available on the TSRC homepage.

 

Project design

The TSRC proposed design includes:

  • four lane dual carriageway from Warrego Highway East (Helidon) to Mort Street including twin two lane tunnels
  • three lane carriageway – Mort Street to Charlton (two eastbound)
  • two lane carriageway – Charlton (Warrego Highway West) to Gore Highway
  • grade separated intersections at Warrego Highway East and Mort Street
  • at-grade intersections at Warrego Highway West, Cecil Plains Road and Gore Highway.

The TSRC is being procured as a public private partnership, which is a structure developed to encourage innovation and enhancements for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the road. Accordingly, the final design will only be known at the completion of the procurement phase in mid-2015.

 

TSRC Design

Images

Gore Highway Intersection

Gore Highway Intersection (JPG 2,305 K)

 

Hermitage Road

Hermitage Road (JPG 1,800 K)

 

Old Goombungee Road

Old Goombungee Road (JPG 2,255 K)

 

Start of TSRC Warrego Highway East

Start of TSRC Warrego Highway East (JPG 2,970 K)

 

Warrego Highway West

Warrego Highway West (JPG 2,070 K)

 

Brisbane Toowoomba railway viaduct

Brisbane Toowoomba railway viaduct (JPG 2,165 K) 

 

3D flyover of reference design

3D flyover of reference design

This page will allow you to access a number of files relating to the Reference Design for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project (Toowoomba Second Range Crossing additional project information).

The files have been presented in both 12D and CAD format, as each design package provides different information on the existing design. Within each of these packages is imbedded the survey, imagery and DCDB data associated with the corridor owned by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR). It should be noted that while most of the survey data that has been provided by DTMR is at 10 metre intervals, some areas were not available and have been sourced from publicly available databases at 30 metre intervals. GIS information associated with the corridor is also presented separately.

The survey data provided is not suitable for detailed design as it is a combination of different data sets that do not directly align and which have not been verified for accuracy. These data sets are believed to be sufficient to allow some initial analysis of potential volumes and drainage requirements, but should not be utilised for more detailed work without additional survey and verification work.

The design document has been broken into five sections:

  • section 0 is the control line for the entire Toowoomba Second Range Crossing route
  • section 1 is from the eastern connection to the Warrego Highway (CH 900) through to Gittens Road (CH 8,800)
  • section 2 is from Gittens Road (CH 8,800) through to the QR Access track (CH 16,810) east of the tunnel
  • section 3 is from the QR access track (CH 16,810) through to Old Goombungee Road (CH 17,950) west of the tunnel
  • section 4 is from Old Goombungee Road (CH 17,950) through to the western connection to the Warrego Highway (CH 27,750)
  • section 5 is from the western connection to the Warrego Highway (CH 27,750) through to the connection to the Gore Highway (CH 40,950).

In addition to the above, the following files are also made available:

  • geotechnical assessment report (includes key design constraints / risks for the Project)
  • design standards (provides the design inputs / parameters for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and Reference Design)
  • environmental assessment report
  • public utility plant assessment report
  • TSRC intersection design technical note
  • State owned property register within the TSRC corridor
  • 2012 TSRC business case market sounding brief.

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Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio

“The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will change the economic and social landscape of our region forever.

Our community is so grateful to the Australian and Queensland Governments for their commitment to the project and looks forward to construction commencing in mid-2015.

Toowoomba Regional Council continues to work closely with Projects Queensland to develop a common understanding of the project and its impact on our community.”


For more information contact Projects Queensland

  07 3035 1832 info@projectsqueensland.qld.gov.au