AUSTRALIAN Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss last week announced that the Australian and Queensland governments have called for Expressions of Interest from the private sector to deliver the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC).
The TSRC is a proposed bypass route to the north of Toowoomba, approximately 41 kilometres in length. When complete, the TSRC will connect the Warrego Highway from Helidon in the east, to Charlton (west of Toowoomba), and to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west.
"After more than two decades of talking, planning and scoping, Toowoomba and surrounding district residents will be glad to see our government progress to the EOI phase in the construction for this vital infrastructure," Mr Truss said.
Federal Minister for Industry and Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing was the largest Australian Government commitment to a single regional road project in Queensland history.
"The recent Federal Budget has confirmed the availability of up to $1.285 billion in funding, cementing the 80:20 funding arrangement between the Commonwealth and the Queensland Government," Mr Macfarlane said.
"This major funding and the progress to the EOI phase of the procurement process is testament to our commitment to this project."
Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade Tim Nicholls said the Queensland Government had allocated $321.25 million to the project in its 2014–15 Budget, further securing one of the State's highest infrastructure priorities.
"We look forward to working with the private sector to deliver a safer, faster, more efficient alternative to the existing range crossing," Mr Nicholls said.
Mr Nicholls said interest in the project is strong, with more than 60 consortia and individual companies participating in the Registration of Interest phase earlier in the year.
"Proponents shortlisted at the end of the EOI phase will be invited to submit a detailed proposal during the next phase of the procurement process, the Request for Proposals," he said.
More information is available from the Queensland Government's Toowoomba Second Range Crossing website at <http://www.qld.gov.au/tsrc>.