A new range crossing?
RESIDENTS of the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba will rejoice in the news the business proposal for the second range crossing has been submitted to Canberra for approval.
Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said the modified business case had been presented to Infrastructure Australia in Canberra which is the body which prioritises major Australian infrastructure projects.
"The plans have been modified to make the business case for the viability of building the bypass," he said.
Mr Rickuss cautioned however that once the business case had been approved, the project would still take five to seven years to complete, but with a federal election on the horizon the issue would gain more attention.
"Being an election year we can expect announcements to be made by the budget (federal budget in May), because it will be a major part of both parties campaign," he said.
Mr Rickuss said a major hurdle to the original business case was the overall cost of the project impacting on the cost benefit analysis, with the Lockyer Valley section and the tunnel near Mount Kynoch accounting for most of the cost of the project.
A spokesman for the Member for Wright Scott Buchholz reaffirmed the Coalition's commitment of $700 million for stage one of the range crossing project.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones welcomed the news of the business case being presented to the committee.