The toll point of the Toowoomba Bypass.
The toll point of the Toowoomba Bypass.

Three-month-old Toowoomba Bypass damaged already

JUST three months after the Toowoomba Bypass opened, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has confirmed the 800m viaduct stretch of the road needs to be repaired.

Darling Downs delegate for the Livestock Rural Transport Association Queensland, and Fraser's Transport fleet manager, Mark Collins said there was definitely a problem appearing across the viaduct, particularly in the eastbound lanes.

Mr Collins told The Chronicle said there was some small corrugation starting in the west bound lane, but it was "nowhere near as bad" as the east bound lane.

He said he couldn't tell what might have caused the damaged to the surface.

 

With tolls due to start on December 9, a Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said they were aware of "some roughness" on the surface of the viaduct, but the surface had been assessed and was declared safe.

The Chronicle also reported that Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise group had revealed the economic benefits of the bypass have been revealed by the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise group.

"The Toowoomba Bypass has improved travel time reliability, relieved pressure on Toowoomba roads, increased freight efficiencies for some businesses and enhanced liveability for residents of the Toowoomba," TSBE energy and infrastructure general manager Lance MacManus said.

"The bypass has offered logistic operators more options to configure their freight movements and significant time and cost savings along this key regional freight route."

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