ACCIONA and its joint venture partner have reached a major milestone on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project, with partial opening achieved on December 8.
The partial opening covers 24km of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing from the Mort Street interchange at Cranley to the Gore Highway at Athol. Nexus Operations has commenced highway maintenance services for this section of the road, operating from its new centre at Bedford Street, Cranley. The remaining section of the TSRC is anticipated to open around mid-2019.
The $1.6 billion Public Private Partnership is one of Queensland’s highest priority road infrastructure projects, which is estimated to increase economic activity in the region by $2.4 billion over 30 years. The benefits of the range crossing include improvements in freight travel times and driver safety, relieving pressure on local roads in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley regions, and enhancing liveability for residents.
Fernando Fajardo, Managing Director for ACCIONA Infrastructure Australia, New Zealand & South East Asia, said: “We are very pleased to reach this milestone, and congratulations to the construction team and Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads for their hard work and collaboration on this massive project.”
“We would also like to thank all of the local contractors that have been working with us. Over 80% of the project expenditure is spent with local businesses, generating supply chain benefits and bringing work to hundreds of local people.”
The significant scale of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is apparent in the project’s statistics. There have been over four million truck movements, 12 million cubic metres of earthworks and 2,000 pieces of heavy equipment used. More than 83,000 cubic metres of concrete have been poured and 498 Super T girders installed. The project also includes the highest viaduct in Queensland measuring at 51 metres high, and 24 structures.
ACCIONA is part of the Nexus Infrastructure joint-venture, formed by ACCIONA and its partners Ferrovial, Plenary Group and Transfield Service. Nexus JV was awarded the contract to design, build, operate and maintain the 41 km TSRC in August 2015. The project is funded by the Federal and State governments.