The Pittsworth Industrial Precinct Enabling Project (PIPEP) has reached major milestones with the completion of the Gore Highway intersection upgrade and the completion of the sewer rising main and lifting station.
The $9.77 million project will upgrade Gap Road and its intersection with the Gore Highway and install sewerage infrastructure in the Pittsworth Industrial Precinct.
This project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program and Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC).
TRC’s Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Infrastructure Committee Cr Carol Taylor said that TRC has completed road and drainage upgrades from the Gore Highway to 53 Gap Road (Farmhaul) and upgraded the intersection to Gap Road and the Gore Highway.
“The road between the Gore Highway and 53 Gap Road has been widened to a 10-metre-wide carriageway. The intersection to Gap Road and the Gore Highway has also been upgraded to include a left-turn lane and the existing right-turn lane on the Gore Highway has been extended to allow Type 1 road trains to use the intersection,” Cr Taylor said.
“The section between the Gore Highway and 53 Gap Road is now open to pedestrians and all traffic.
“Council is upgrading Gap Road to improve traffic flow and safety for all road users and provide access to the Industrial Precinct for industry and freight providers servicing the agricultural, construction and resource sectors,” Cr Taylor said.
“The Gap Road upgrade will also provide full access for Performance-Based Standards (PBS) level 3 vehicles similar to Type 1 road trains.
“Stages three and four – the final stages of construction - are now underway and involve road and drainage upgrades on Gap Road from 53 Gap Road to Helens Street.
“This section of Gap Road is currently closed to pedestrians and all traffic. Access to the Gore Highway, Pittsworth and the Pittsworth Waste Facility is via Hausler Road. All businesses in the existing Industrial Precinct are open and have access from Grevillea Street.
“Gap Road is expected to be reopened in June 2018, weather permitting.“
TRC Water and Waste Committee chair Cr Nancy Sommerfield said the sewer upgrade component of the PIPEP is progressing well with the rising main and lift station completed.
“The sewerage upgrade will expand the existing Pittsworth sewerage network to the Industrial Precinct, creating opportunities for development in this area,” Cr Sommerfield said.
“The rising main and lifting station have been completed and construction on the sewage pumping station and the gravity sewer is underway.
“On completion of the upgrade, property owners will have the opportunity to connect to the sewerage network.
“The final stages of the sewer upgrade involve completing the sewage pumping station and gravity mains and undertaking testing and commissioning.
“The PIPEP will boost economic activity and generate employment not just in Pittsworth but across the wider Toowoomba Region.”
The PIPEP is expected to be completed in June 2018, weather permitting.
Council thanks residents and the community for their patience and co-operation during these works. Residents will be advised in advance of construction works and Council will seek to minimise disruptions where possible.
Drone footage of completed project: https://youtu.be/yXNtpmj6AEc