Thanks to the complex structures along the highway’s 41 kilometers– such as an 800 meter long viaduct and the double arch bridges on the New England highway – to its financing structure, to the dialog with the community and the internal projects that contribute to the general innovation of the highway, the Toowoomba Highway has won the prize for Most Innovative Road Construction of 2019.
Awarded by Build Magazine and presented in collaboration with AI Global, the category of infrastructure considered by this prize, recognizes the most innovative organizations or individuals in terms of roads this year.
The Toowoomba project is funded by the governments of Australia and Queensland through a public-private partnership (PPP). This focus on collaboration with the Administration at three levels ensures a problem-free execution with exceptional results.
John Hagan, CEO at Nexus Infrastructure, remarks that this recognition is the product of the work done by all parties involved in the PPP contract, including the local government and the community at large.
“This public-private partnership has been a success from the start. As an innovative company in road construction, we feel very proud for having received this recognition”
During construction, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project has injected millions of dollars into the local economy by creating jobs, contracting, and training programs.
It was projected that the Australian industrial sector would gain important benefits from Toowoomba when the highway opened this year. Some of those benefits will be as follows: reduced operating costs for transportation and length of trips; improved efficiency in transporting goods; and improved access for large vehicles as well as all types of vehicles that transport dangerous goods on the main routes connecting Queensland, New South Wales, and the Northern Territory.