Uncertainty over number of Second Range Crossing lanes
FEDERAL and state ministers seem to be at cross purposes whether the proposed Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will have only one down lane.
The Gatton Star asked the question directly of Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson, who was with Federal Minister Ian Macfarlane to mark the end of the roadworks over the current range crossing.
Mr Emerson said they were still working the matter through, however Mr Macfarlane said the possibility of one lane would only be on the "western side" of the crossing.
"That's part of the proposal but the Commonwealth wants a discussion with the state about we can get best value for money, so there are a couple of issues to be resolved," Mr Macfarlane said.
"There is the size of the tunnel, whether or not it can take fuel and explosives to keep them out of Toowoomba, whether or not there are three or four lanes going to the west, on the Charlton side of the range."
Mr Macfarlane said these issues would depend on how good a bargain they could drive as they finalised the tender process.
"Our preference is to build the road to the highest capacity we can for the $1.7b allocated, 80% by the Commonwealth," he said.
"The Commonwealth will have a say on how that money is spent."
Mr Emerson also said it "wasn't his intention" to toll the current road for trucks when the bypass was built.
"We want to get as many of those trucks onto the Second Range Crossing, that's our aim."