Workers arrive to start building Second Range Crossing
MAJOR works on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing could start as early as March.
The focus of construction for the $1.6 billion project, which will transform the region's road network, will be on vegetation clearing and works on structures and earthworks.
A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said preliminary construction activities were already under way.
These included geotechnical investigations, pavement condition surveys, underground service locations, survey works and site establishment works.
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The project delivery team Nexus Infrastructure currently has 55 staff on site.
These include management, commercial, environment, safety and communications staff.
There are also 85 design consultants working on the detailed design of the project.
Peak employment is expected in 2017 to coincide with the most intense period of construction.
Major construction works are expected to start in coming months, subject to weather and construction conditions.
The first activities to occur will be clearing the road corridor, site establishment, fencing and installation of environmental control measures.
Pavement works will start next year.
By 2018 the focus will be on finishing works before the toll road is commissioned and opened to the public.
The project, which Nexus says will be build mostly by local workers, will take about three years to complete.
Expressions of interest are open now for services and supplies including waste management, drilling, photography, site cleaning, earthworks, water tank supplies and electrical maintenance.
More than 1500 suppliers, subcontractors and job seekers attended a series of procurement and employment information sessions for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project late last year.
Nexus Delivery will be utilising online platform ICN Gateway as part of the procurement process.
ICN Gateway connects suppliers with project owners and procurement managers.
Nexus says it is committed to sourcing local subcontractors, suppliers, goods and services.