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Western Downs to wait longer for slice of larger market

14 February 2018

Delay disappointing but not end of the world.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh says news the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will be delayed between four to seven months is disappointing, but only a set-back.

“Obviously it’s a setback, and we are hoping the project is finished sooner, because we believe the Western Downs is where the real economic and social benefits of this major piece of road network will be felt,” he said.

“What we like to think of as ‘The Western Downs Connection Road’ will link our businesses and markets directly to the supply chains they service — it will give us direct access to the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport and to the ports of Brisbane.

“The boost to tourism will also be significant. The Western Downs is already famous for its unique, bucket-list events and this road turns our region into a viable day trip destination for visitors from South East Queensland.”

The company delivering the project, Nexus Infrastructure, has cited complex geological issues as causing the delay, however said the project is progressing well overall.

The $1.6 billion project will deliver a 41km heavy vehicle route jointly funded by Federal and State Government and had an initial projected completion date of the end of 2018.

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