Work progresses on the Bruce Highway, Townsville Ring Road—Section 4 project

Media Release

DC013/2016

29 February 2016

Joint release with:

Ewen Jones

Member for Herbert

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Aaron Harper

State Member for Thuringowa

The $200 million Bruce Highway, Townsville Ring Road—Section 4 (TRR4) project has reached another milestone with the completion of the Veales Road and Bruce Highway intersection upgrade.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the TRR4 project involves the construction of the final section of the Townsville Ring Road, between Shaw Road and Mount Low, crossing the Bohle Plains.

"When works are completed, the Ring Road will connect with the Bruce Highway north of the Mount Low Parkway intersection," Mr Chester said.

"Veales Road is an important feeder road for the suburbs of Deeragun and Jensen with about 2500 vehicles using the road daily, adding to the 12,000 using the Bruce Highway.

"The completion of the new signalised intersection at Veales Road will improve travel times and provide motorists with safer and easier ways to get on and off the Townville Ring Road.

"Completion of the intersection also brings us closer to the completion of TRR4 works and the diversion of heavy vehicles and through traffic around the city on the new 11.5 kilometre alignment, helping to ease congestion along Woolcock Street.

"The works, which began in early 2015, are expected to be completed by mid-2017, weather permitting."

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the intersection upgrade will reduce congestion and improve safety, particularly for parents and students accessing the schools and child care centres on Veales Road.

"The new traffic signals will also help improve the response times of local police and emergency services. Deeragun Police Station now have remote control operation of the lights to allow emergency vehicles to access the Bruce Highway without delay," Mr Bailey said.

"We always strive to finish projects ahead of time and to budget, and today's milestone demonstrates just how quickly TRR4 is progressing."

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones said the completion of another milestone for the project was encouraging given it will ease congestion in the growing northern suburbs area.

"As frustrating as road works can be at times, I'm sure the residents who use the Veales Road intersection will be happy to see it completed and improve access to and from the area," Mr Jones said.

"Once the TRR4 project is fully completed, residents and businesses alike will reap the benefits of the completed ring road, with a reduction in traffic congestion on local roads and a significant improvement in the movement of freight traffic to and from the Port of Townsville."

Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said more than 80 per cent of workers currently on the project site are from the North Queensland area.

"This project is supporting the future economic growth of the North Queensland region. It's about jobs now and jobs for the future. I've had the opportunity to tour the project site and am impressed by the construction standard. Construction by local companies has been of the highest quality." Mr Harper said.

The $200 million TRR4 project is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $160 million and the Queensland Government $40 million.