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Safe turning solutions for Helidon Spa connections



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Safe turning solutions for Helidon Spa connections

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Media Release

12 July 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Mark Bailey

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Mr Scott Buchholz MP

Federal Member for Wright

The Hon Mark Furner

QLD Minister for Agricultural

Industry Development and Fisheries

Work has started on one of two U-turn facilities to improve safety at the Postmans Ridge

Road and the Warrego Highway intersection at Helidon Spa, Queensland.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack

said the removal of right-turn access and provision of U-turn facilities nearby would

significantly reduce the crash risk at the intersection and allow safer movements onto the

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC).

“These works will provide a safer alternative for drivers with U-turn facilities to be installed

either side of the existing intersection to maintain access to Postmans Ridge Road and

Twidales Road,” ;Mr McCormack said.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said negotiations were

taking place regarding the cost and staging of works to complete the U-turn facility near

Twidales Road.

“The current plan is to stage works so the intersection crossover remains open until both U-

turn facilities are available for use, however we still need to conduct a detailed analysis to

determine whether we keep the crossover in place while the U-turn facility near Twidales

Road is being built,” Mr Bailey said.

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said residents, business owners and the

Lockyer Valley Regional Council were consulted to help achieve the best solution for the

community.

“The community will be kept informed about the timing of the crossover closure, and we will

maintain left in and left out turning ability on both sides of the Warrego Highway at the

intersection,” Mr Buchholz said.

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Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said

the TSRC would deliver economic benefits for farmers west of the Great Dividing Range.

“This alternative crossing of the Toowoomba Range for all classes of heavy vehicles will

improve freight movements and driver safety to support our farming communities and

Western Queensland's local economies,” Mr Furner said.

The TSRC involves the construction of a bypass route to the north of Toowoomba, about

41 kilometres in length, running from the Warrego Highway at Helidon in the east, to the

Gore Highway at Athol in the west.

It will provide an alternative route and assist in managing increasing traffic volumes,

particularly heavy vehicle movements from the developing resources region in the Surat

Basin.

The Australian Government has committed $1.137 billion towards the TSRC with the

Queensland Government contributing equivalent to 20 per cent through a Public Private

Partnership with the Nexus consortium.

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