The Highfields to Toowoomba cycleway project is designed to provide a safe active transport option for road users traveling between Highfields and Toowoomba. Funding of $7.5 million has been committed to the project.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have engaged us (Toowoomba Regional Council) to commence works on the initial stage of the project. This stage will see the construction of an off-road cycleway from the New England Highway and Cawdor Road intersection at Highfields, to the Toowoomba Christian College.
The project will be delivered under the Queensland Cycling Strategy 2017-2027 after being identified as a priority location for a dedicated cycleway.
The project will be delivered in multiple stages.
This first stage will link Mitchell Road to Toowoomba Christian College (TCC) providing a safe and active option for children to get to school.
Works will include construction of an off-road, two-lane cycleway with passive surveillance from the New England Highway. Passive surveillance is required to ensure safety of cyclists. As the first stage will be used by school children, passive surveillance is paramount.
To achieve passive surveillance, construction will include the removal of all undergrowth and some trees to provide a corridor for the cycleway. The undergrowth mostly consists of lantana and privet, the removal of which will help combat the rabbit infestation in the area. Tree removal has been avoided wherever possible and replacement trees will be planted.
TMR has conducted multiple environmental and arborist reports to ensure no protected plants or wildlife will be affected by the tree removal. Once felled, the larger trees will remain on site for wildlife to use while smaller flora will be donated to the Gummingurru Aboriginal Corporation. There will be a wildlife spotter on site during vegetation removal to relocate any wildlife.
These works will be conducted during the day from 6 am to 6 pm with minor impact on residents and road users as the cycleway will be constructed off-road.
The section from Lawrence Road to Mitchell Road will be constructed first, followed by Lawrence Road to TCC. We will directly contact residents on Lawrence and Algar Roads to facilitate access arrangements during works.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during the delivery of these important works and apologise for any inconvenience they may cause.
For up-to-date information on traffic disruptions, visit the Queensland Traffic and Travel Information website or call 13 19 40.
Construction is expected to start in late September 2019, weather permitting.
Target completion date
Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2020, weather permitting.