Deputy PM inspects progress on Bohle River crossing construction

Media Release


04 July 2015

Joint release with:

Jenny Hill

Mayor of Townsville City Council

Coralee O'Rourke

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland

Ewen Jones

Federal Member for Herbert

Scott Stewart

Member for Townsville

Works are well underway on the upgrade of the Bohle River Crossing on Dalrymple Road in Townsville, with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss inspecting progress on the site today.

“This project involves the construction of a new 450 metre two lane bridge over the Bohle River, capable of withstanding a one in 50 year flood event. These works will improve road safety at the site and reduce congestion on alternate routes,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones said there had been several crashes at the Dalrymple Road crossing over the last decade, due to flood inundation and high rainfall events.

“Dalrymple Road is one of the principal roads linking Townsville CBD and the Port of Townsville to the rapidly growing Northern Beaches community, the Bruce Highway and the Townsville Bypass,” Mr Jones said.

“This upgrade will improve road conditions and access for the local community and freight. It is also expected to support up to 150 indirect jobs during the project construction phase.”

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O'Rourke, representing Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey at the inspection, said it was an important project that would deliver a safer, more secure road link to the city centre and the port precinct.

“As an added bonus, this upgrade is creating jobs at a time when jobs and job security is more important than ever,” Mrs O'Rourke said.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the new two-lane bridge would make a real difference to people's lives in the wet season.

“The existing low-level crossing floods for up to six weeks a year in Townsville's wet season. It creates a lot of disruption for drivers. As part of the project, drains and culverts will be built to channel floodwaters away from the crossing,” Mr Stewart said.

Mayor of Townsville City Council Jenny Hill said Council was pleased to partner with the Australian Government and the Queensland Government to build the Dalrymple Road upgrade.

“The Australian Government is contributing up to $20 million to this upgrade, with the Queensland Government contributing $5 million and the Townsville City Council providing the balance of the project cost,” Cr Hill said.

Works on the Dalrymple Road upgrade are expected to be completed by mid-2016.