The Griffiths Street Corridor Upgrade has opened, providing a vital link to the New England Highway at Harlaxton and marking another milestone in the delivery of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.
Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport Scott Buchholz said the $10.1 million upgrade was part of the jointly funded $1.6 billion Second Range Crossing project to build a bypass to the north of Toowoomba.
“As part of the Second Range Crossing project, the Griffiths Street upgrade will increase road safety and efficiency, particularly for motorists located in the northern Toowoomba and Highfields area.
“This upgrade is an important piece in the delivery of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and another example of all levels of government working together to deliver significant infrastructure for the Toowoomba region,” Mr. Buchholz said.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said with the region’s population expected to grow to more than 204,000 over the next two decades, the Griffiths Street upgrade would help accommodate the growing community.
The scope of the upgrade includes the construction of a roundabout that can accomodate B-Double trucks on Griffiths Street at the Old Goombungee Road intersection, providing an east-west connection for residents and businesses.
Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said safety was an important aspect of the project with turning lanes along Griffiths Street extended and new road lighting installed.
“As part of the project, crews were able to carry out significant drainage upgrades along Griffiths Street and install traffic calming in nearby local streets,” Mr. Madden said.