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    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Toowoomba Range lanes reopen as part of Operation Queenslander

    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Toowoomba Range lanes reopen as part of Operation Queenslander

    All lanes of the Warrego Highway on the Toowoomba Range are now open following a massive reconstruction effort to repair flood damage.

    Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the floods and heavy rainfall earlier this year caused extensive damage.

    “This is a major milestone in the flood recovery effort and I’m pleased all lanes have been reopened on schedule,” Mr Wallace said.

    “Damage included land slips, shoulder and embankment erosion, extensive erosion of drains and damage to rock fall netting.

    “The repairs have been carried out as part of Operation Queenslander at a cost of approximately $12 million.

    “The Warrego Highway and the Range crossing are a vital link between South East Queensland, the rapidly growing Surat Basin region and beyond.

    “Getting all lanes open to traffic on the Range after the floods is a major step towards the economic recovery of the region.

    “Not only is the highway a lifeline to western communities, it is an essential route for the freight industry.

    “Keeping communities connected and industry moving is a major part of the rebuilding effort.

    “The fact that lanes have been reopened before the Carnival of Flowers, which attracts thousands of visitors to the city, is a major achievement and will provide a boost to the local economy.”

    “We are rebuilding our roads so they are safer, stronger and more resilient than before.

    “20, 000 tonnes of rock fill was used to stabilise sites and over two hundred soil nails were used to stabilise slopes.

    “395 workers and contractors worked on the reconstruction project, racking up 170,160 working hours.

    “At one stage during construction, the daily number of workers on site peaked at 45.

    “I’d like to thank contractors, RoadTek and department workers for their hard work to repair the Range Crossing as soon as possible.

    “While the major works have been completed, some minor safety improvement works, including replacement of guardrail, will be undertaken over the coming months.”

    Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine said the reopening of all lanes on the Range was great news for the region.

    “The reopening of all lanes is a major milestone in Toowoomba’s recovery from the devastating floods earlier this year,” Mr Shine said.

    “I thank locals, visitors and workers for their patience during the repair work and trust they will benefit from the new and improved Range crossing.”

    Operation Queenslander is being funded through the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Under NDRRA, the State Government contributes 25 per cent of funding and the Federal Government provides 75 per cent of funding.

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