Hundreds pound pavement as OCR opens for business in city
TOOWOOMBA'S new $45 million road is open for business today, but hundreds of residents took the opportunity to pound the pavement yesterday for a closer look at the official opening.
Toowoomba's Outer Circulating Road Victoria St extension will allow motorists to drive around the central business district without having to use the busy Ruthven and Margaret Sts intersection.
The Chronicle spoke to a number of guests at the community event yesterday and they praised the project.
Fay Suley was impressed by the flood mitigation measures incorporated into the project.
She said the new road would make it easier to drive around the CBD.
"Hopefully it will take away some of the traffic which has clogged the streets," she said.
Residents Wendy Adams and Robin Meredith-Bramwell said it would be helpful for disabled residents.
Ms Meredith-Bramwell, who uses a wheelchair, said it would make it easier for her to get around the city.
Mayor Paul Antonio said the road was a monument to the community.
"I'm delighted with the outcome."
Infrastructure Services committee chairman Cr Carol Taylor was jubilant the road had come to fruition.
"It will transform the way traffic travels in this city," she said.
MP Chris Whiting represented the Premier and the Minister for Main Roads at the event.
The State government provided $45 million of funding for the project.
Mr Whiting said the delivery of the road was a just the beginning.
"We've announced the $200 million Building our Regions fund which will support the regions," he said.
Partnering with local government was the government's preferred option, he said.