Townsville Ring Road contract awarded

Media Release

WT267/2014

22 December 2014

Joint release with:

Ewan Jones

Federal Member for Herbert

David Crisafulli

Queensland Member for Mundingburra

Sam Cox

Queensland Member for Thuringowa

Progress on the Townsville Ring Road continues with the announcement of Seymour Whyte as the successful contractor for the $200 million project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the eventual completion of the project would keep freight moving quickly to the Port of Townsville.

“The Australian Government's commitment of $160 million towards the project will see uninterrupted traffic flow from the north of Townsville to the south. Motorists and the local community will benefit from a safer and more efficient road network, while freight operators will enjoy reduced business costs,” Mr Truss said.

Member for Herbert Ewen Jones said the continuing investment in the Bruce Highway by the Australian Government was of huge benefit to North Queenslanders.

“North Queensland needs strong transport links for moving freight and expanding the entire region's economy,” Mr Jones said.

“The project will include a new 11 kilometre four lane road link, new bridges over Saunders and Stony Creeks and new pedestrian and cycling facilities. It will also offer a boost for local industry, requiring a lot of locally sourced materials and services, injecting vital funds into the local economy.”

Member for Mundingburra David Crisafulli said construction is expected to begin in early 2015, with project completion by mid-2017.

“We are a strong team with a strong plan to provide better planning and better infrastructure for all Queenslanders and that is we fought to ensure that both stages of the project were completed,” he said.

“By working closely with the private sector we've been able to deliver the innovation that ensures we are able to deliver more for the available funding.”

Member for Thuringowa Sam Cox said applications from local construction companies were competitive, which had offered an opportunity to expand the scope of the Townsville Ring Road Section 4 Project.

“Now we are able to deliver more for the people of Townsville,” Mr Cox said.