Mackay Ring Road En Route

Media Release

WT087/2014

10 June 2014

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Member for Dawson

Scott Emerson

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

The Mackay ring road is on its way, with 80 per cent of stage one of the $540 million project locked in as part of the recent Australian Government Budget.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Development Warren Truss joined Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen today at the site of the new ring road.

Mr Truss said he was pleased to deliver this much needed infrastructure that has been promised to the Mackay region for years.

“Stage One of the ring road is a 11.6 kilometre, two-lane highway to divert traffic from the Bruce Highway at Stockroute Road to the west of town, to the Bald Hill Road intersection to the north,” Mr Truss said.

“Freight and industry are key sectors of Mackay's economy and the ring road will provide the necessary infrastructure to support them, including allowing greater access between industrial areas and the Port.

“This is just one example of the Australian Government putting regional Queensland first, and delivering the infrastructure we need for a more productive future.”

Mr Christensen said that by taking heavy vehicles and through traffic off the urban section of the Bruce Highway, the ring road will make travel safer and more efficient in Mackay.

“Our expectation is that the ring road will significantly reduce travel times from the south to the north of Mackay,” Mr Christensen said.

“Importantly, we also expect a considerable reduction in accidents on the bypassed section of the Bruce Highway, with crashes expected to be down by approximately 17 per cent.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Queensland Government was delivering on its election commitment to provide better infrastructure and better planning by committing $112 million to stage one of the ring road.

“Ground surveys and geotechnical testing to help preliminary design of the ring road started in April this year, and detailed design work is expected to begin next month,” Mr Emerson said.

“The ring road is being carefully planned to ensure it will ease the pressure on Mackay's roads for years to come.”

Construction is expected to begin in the 2016–17 financial year.

The Australian Government has also committed $20 million for planning and land preservation for the future stages of the ring road.