Range bypass camera system 'for safety'

TEN point-to-point speed cameras will be installed on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing covering both east and west-bound lanes.

The State Government is seeking tenders for the average speed monitoring system along the 42km bypass, with construction plans designed to include the point to point system.

"The QPS are seeking a vendor to provide a solution to monitor all vehicles travelling along the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing," the tender document states.

"All eastbound and westbound marked traffic lanes, including hard shoulders along the primary corridor, will be monitored.

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"Entry and exit points are excluded at this stage, however the solution must be able to incorporate any possible future growth of the system (eg. Length of roadway monitored is extended, monitoring of entry and exit points) and consider the addition of a Lane Use Management Sign environment."

The Camera Detected Offence Program is a key element of the road safety strategy for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, with an underlying philosophy of "general deterrence".

The tender document states the National Road Safety Strategy from 2011 to 2020 seeks to reduce the number of traffic related deaths and serious injury in Australian roads by at least 30 per cent.

There are four P2P sites between the New England Hwy and the Warrego Hwy, and two sites on the dual lane carriage way between the Warrego Hwy west and Gore Hwy.

"Each location has been supplied with road side cabinet with power and communications, a camera pole footing and a flash pole footing at 15m from the camera pole," the tender document states.

Locations will also include between Warrego Hwy east and New England Hwy westbound in a 90km/h zone, between Mort St interchange and the Warrego Hwy west in 100km/h zone, the New England Hwy and Warrego Hwy east in 90km/h zone, and Warrego Hwy west and Mort St interchange eastbound in 100km/h zone.

The Warrego Hwy west and Gore Hwy, both east and west bound, will also have a P2P site in the 100km/h zone.

The $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is slated for completion late this year and is expected to be a toll road.

There will be 20 emergency truck stopping bays incorporated into the bypass design and construction, according to Nexus.

The toll figure is expected to be finalised later this year ahead of its opening.

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