Crossing the finish line: Toowoomba Bypass opens
Motorists crossing the Toowoomba range would have access to the long-awaited Toowoomba Bypass when it opened this weekend, which the State’s peak motoring body said would reduce travel time by up to 40 minutes.
RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the 41 kilometre long route, which linked the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa to the Gore Highway at Athol, was a vital piece of infrastructure the Club had been calling for years for.
“It’s been a long wait, but we’re so pleased the Toowoomba Bypass has officially opened as it’ll reduce the number of heavy vehicles on the old range crossing and ease congestion pressure on Toowoomba’s roads,” Mr Turner said.
“Motorists who want to simply pass through Toowoomba will now be able to skip up to 18 sets of traffic lights and shave serious time off their commute.”
Mr Turner said the bypass would not only help drivers reach their destination faster, but safer.
“The old range road has a history of crashes, particularly for trucks. The new road will provide a safer, faster and more efficient alternative road that bypasses Toowoomba city,” he said.
Mr Turner encouraged motorists to make the most of the toll-free period which applied for the first three months.
“It’s a great opportunity to try before you buy and see how this route can benefit your drive,” he said.
A $2.30 per trip toll would apply to cars (Class 2) after the three-month toll-free period, with motorcycles at $1.15, light commercial vehicles at $5.70 and trucks (heavy commercial) at $22.85.
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