Date set for Toowoomba Bypass opening

One of the largest road construction projects in Queensland’s history has been completed, with a second range crossing set to open near Toowoomba in early September.

The new 41-kilometre road – which will officially be known as the Toowoomba Bypass – is expected to open to traffic for the first time on Sunday 8 September.

The $1.6 billion project connects the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west, via Charlton.

Jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, the new bypass will allow east-west freight haulers to avoid 18 sets of traffic lights.

The new road will take thousands of trucks off Toowoomba’s local roads each day.

The 'western half' of the new bypass was opened to traffic between Cranley on Toowoomba’s northern edge and the Gore Highway, at Athol, 25km west of the city, in December 2018

The section of the bypass that opens next month will be a toll road, costing $2.30 for cars, $1.15 for motorcycles, $5.70 for light commercial vehicles and $22.85 for heavy commercial vehicles.

The single toll point is located close to the top of the range, east of the Mort Street Interchange.

Tolls will be free for all vehicles for three months after the road opens.

According to Transport and Main Roads, drivers may still hear their toll tag beep whilst travelling through the toll point, but they will not be charged during the toll-free period.

Vehicles will be able to continue to use the current Toowoomba Range road as usual but heavy vehicles will be mandated to use the new bypass.

A weekend of community events, including a marathon and community bike ride, will be staged on the new bypass road for the weekend of September 7-8 ahead of opening to general traffic.

More information about the project and tolls can be found of the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.