Toowoomba Bypass eastbound lane reopens to truckies


The heavy vehicles unit at Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads has announced that by 1pm today (AEST), Friday, February 3, an eastbound lane of the Toowoomba Bypass will reopen.

The eastbound lane can be used for:

  • Vehicles up to 3.2m wide, or
  • Vehicles up to 4.5m if load is greater than 1.0m off the ground.

Larger vehicles are required to detour via the approved route through Toowoomba.

Approved eastbound route through Toowoomba

Warrego Highway, Troys Road, Carrington Road, Taylor Street, Tor Street, James Street, Toowoomba Connection Road, Warrego Highway. See map below.

Detour and restrictions

Vehicles between 3.5m-6.2m wide and no higher than 5.4m 

  • Only permitted to travel through Toowoomba between 9pm-5am
  • No permit amendment required.

Vehicles between 6.21m-7.9m wide and no higher than 5.4m

  • Only permitted to travel through Toowoomba between 11pm-3am
  • Must submit a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) for the alternate route only. TMR approval is required prior to travel.
  • TMP must identify pinch points and wrong side of road travel on the approved alternate route.

Vehicles 7.9m wide and above

  • Only permitted to travel through Toowoomba between 11pm-3am
  • Must identify an alternate route.
  • Submit a permit application, with a completed TMP through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

The westbound lanes remain unrestricted for all oversize vehicles.

Nexus Infrastructure CEO James Thewlis said works had progressed well and was pleased to be opening this lane ahead of schedule.

“With the initial stabilisation works complete, we are now able to confidently reopen an eastbound lane for motorists,” Thewlis said.

“Works will continue on the cutting repair but this closure and stabilisation work will allow us to re-construct the cutting while maintaining traffic flows on the bypass.

“We thank the community and motorists for their patience during this time while these essential works were carried out.”

He added that one lane will remain closed for the duration of the reconstruction works but this is unlikely to impact on travel times.

“Safety is always at the top of our priority list and we ask motorists to be aware the works and follow the signage as directed for their safety and the safety of others.”

There will be a 40km/h speed limit when moving through this section of the bypass.

Shipping containers have been setup in this area as a barrier between ongoing works and geotechnical monitoring of the cutting will continue.

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