Early works have started to ramp up on the Murphys Creek Road overpass and Postmans Ridge Road realignment, two upgrades which form part of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project.
Federal Member for Wright said the TSRC project would provide an alternative route for motorists and minimise heavy vehicles on local roads – improving road safety for the local community in Murphys Creek and the broader Toowoomba region.
“TSRC is the largest regional road project currently underway in Australia. This project will support up to 1,800 direct and indirect jobs during design and construction, with many of those jobs going to locals,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This is part of our record $75 billion infrastructure investment programme. These upgrades, along with the broader TSRC, will ensure residents of this region remain connected to major cities such as Brisbane.”
Mr Buchholz said both projects, the Murphys Creek Road overpass and the Postmans Ridge Road intersection upgrade, would improve access for local residents.
“At Murphys Creek Road, a bridge will be constructed over the TSRC to maintain connectivity between Murphys Creek Road and the Warrego Highway,” Mr Buchholz said.
“To construct the overpass, a temporary detour alongside Murphys Creek Road will be built to ensure two-way traffic is maintained during the overpass construction and to reduce delays for motorists.
“The new Postmans Ridge Road alignment will connect the existing Postmans Ridge Road (East) to Murphys Creek Road.”
Works on the Murphys Creek Road overpass and Postmans Ridge realignment are scheduled for completion by late 2017.
The Australian Government has committed up to $1.137 billion, representing 80 per cent of the cost of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project. The Queensland government is contributing the equivalent of 20 per cent through a Public Private Partnership with the Nexus consortium.
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