Toowoomba ring road construction starts

Premier Campbell Newman turned the first sod on the new Toowoomba Ring Road today.

The Victoria Street extension is the final link in Toowoomba’s Outer Circulating Road system and involves the construction of a new four-lane road to connect Victoria and Russell Streets with Chalk Drive and Ruthven Street.

“Construction of a new Toowoomba ring road will better protect the CBD from floods and make it easier to get from one side of the city to the other,” Newman says.

“The Toowoomba Regional Council will receive $45 million and a further $5 million for flood mitigation works on the West Creek Railway Bridge through our Government’s landmark Royalties for the Regions program.”

It should be open to traffic by the end of 2014.

Flood mitigation measures include the construction of a three span bridge and widening of the creek channels in the area.

The Outer Circulating Road Victoria Street extension project includes

•             A new four lane sub-arterial road extending Victoria Street from Russell Street through Queensland Rail land to connect with the Chalk Drive-Ruthven Street intersection, including a major three span bridge over the West and East creeks;

•             An upgrade of the Russell-Victoria Street intersection, including an upgrade of the existing Russell Street drainage structure;

•             An upgrade of the Ruthven Street-Chalk Drive intersection and an upgrade of West Creek channel; and

•             Widened shoulders for cyclists, and a separate footpath for pedestrians on the new section.

Alistair Walsh

Alistair Walsh

Deutsche Welle online reporter

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