Nexus chosen to build $1.6b Toowoomba bypass
BREAKING: Nexus has been announced as the preferred tenderer to deliver the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said this was an important milestone for the project.
"This marks a key step in the project's procurement before we move to award the contract to Nexus to build the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing," he said.
"The selection of Nexus is a result of the Australian and Queensland governments' drive to attract world class expertise and innovation to deliver infrastructure with significant benefits to the regional, state and national economies."
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Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the announcement was another significant step towards the project becoming a reality and the creation of hundreds of jobs.
"This project is expected to support more than 1800 full-time equivalent jobs during the three-and-a-half year construction phase, he said.
"The lifestyle and economic benefits this project will deliver to the Darling Downs region and Queensland are significant and will be welcomed by all Queenslanders."
Key features of Nexus' proposed design solution include:
- Four lanes (two lanes each way) from Warrego Highway East Interchange at Helidon to Warrego Highway West;
- Grade separated interchanges at Warrego Highway West, Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road and Gore Highway;
- A grade separated connection to Mort Street;
- A 30-metre cutting at the top of the Range as an alternative to the tunnel solution as detailed in the reference design.
- An 800m viaduct built over the existing Queensland Rail line; and
- Continuity of the New England Highway through a new bridge over the cutting
The Nexus consortium will now work closely with the Queensland Government to finalise contractual documentation.
Construction is expected to begin later this year.
EARLIER: The winning consortium for the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will be announced today.
It is not yet known which of three consortiums has been awarded the highly sought-after contract.
The three vying for the project are RangeConnect, Nexus and RangeLink.
A source close to the project told APN Newsdesk that the winning bidder would be announced via media release because it would greatly affect the bottom line of the company which was awarded the contract.
The source said this was normal practice for a project of this scale.
It was understood Projects Queensland put the final three proposals along with the recommended contractor before State Cabinet this week.
State Government ministers did not know the name of the recommended company because it was removed for confidentiality reasons.
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The recommended proponent was then sent to Federal Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss who signed off on the project.
It is believed the design does not include twin tunnels as was first mooted. But the proposed route has not changed.
The design was changed to a mountain cutting to reduce costs but mainly because some classes of dangerous goods could not travel through a tunnel.
It is estimated the project will take up to three years to construct and will provide up to 1800 jobs throughout the construction phase.
The project is a joint partnership with the federal and state governments with Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane instrumental in getting the project over the line.