Major milestone as Toowoomba bypass contracts signed
MAYOR'S DESK: There has been another major milestone for the Second Range Crossing realised with the signing of contracts between the Nexus Consortium and the state and federal governments.
Council has actively sought a place at the table throughout the process, and will continue to be involved and inform the Toowoomba Region community about the project and its many benefits as it moves ahead.
The council is especially pleased to hear that Nexus has committed to offering at least 75% of its contracts to local suppliers and businesses where possible.
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This is a great result for prospective businesses and our regional workforce.
There will be about 1800 full-time jobs during the construction phase and for ongoing maintenance - an exciting time ahead for our region indeed!
We are also very pleased that the final outcome is the optimum design for the new road and provides the greatest benefit for all road users.
This will improve safety and allow traffic to flow more freely for motorists driving around Toowoomba, as well as road users using the Gore and Warrego highways.
Final detailed design work is about to start, and construction is due to commence later this year.
Interestingly, we saw the Toowoomba Chronicle last Saturday reprint a headline from August 28, 1970, which read that the bypass highway would be built, but the construction date was as yet undecided.
Here we are some 45 years later, ready for Australia's biggest inland road project delivered in 2015!
For more information about the project and opportunities available for our community to get involved, visit www.nexustsrc.com.au.