Rain Delays Toowoomba Range Traffic Switch

The Department of Transport and Main Roads advises that recent wet weather has delayed the planned closure of the left lane and a switch to the right lane of the eastbound (down) lanes of the Warrego Highway on the Toowoomba Range.

The switch to the right lane will now occur next Tuesday (19 November), instead of Sunday as planned. The switch to the right lane will enable the connection of the down lanes to a 300m long bitumen side track, which will be opened next to the existing down lanes.

Motorists are reminded that barriers will be moved, line marking will change and there will be new signage on the down lanes leading to the side track. A section of the side track will be steeper than the existing down lanes. Heavy vehicle operators are to use only low gears when using the side track to ensure their safety and the safety of other motorists.

There will be night works on the Toowoomba Range affecting both the eastbound and westbound lanes.

Upon completion of the lane switch on the eastbound section, there will be works in the existing left lane including pavement reconstruction, asphalt profiling and drainage works. Night works affecting the westbound lanes will include the commencement of landscaping on the western batter slopes. Changed traffic conditions between 6pm and 6am include strict lane width restrictions to allow for safe completion of the activities.

Operators of heavy vehicles are reminded that restrictions apply on both eastbound and westbound lanes between 6pm and 6am: loads with ground contact width greater than 2.5m loads with an overall width greater than 3.5m loads with an overall length greater than 26m.

Operators are reminded that any load exceeding these dimensions should be registered with the project team 48 hours prior to arrival. If not, the vehicle will be stopped at the saddle of the Toowoomba Range by the Queensland Police Service. Full conditions and contact details are listed on the TMR Wide Load Permit Database.

Eligible reconstruction works under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) are funded 75% by the Australian Government and 25% from the Queensland Government.

For up-to-date information on changed traffic conditions visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.


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