Seeing double at Bowen Road Bridge

Minister for Transport and Main Roads The Honourable Mark Bailey

One of Townsville’s busiest roads, Stuart Drive, will soon undergo a major overhaul to ease congestion and improve safety for both motorists and pedestrians.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey today announced $70 million to deliver a new, upstream bridge over Townsville’s Ross River, adjacent to the existing Bowen Road bridge.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s 22-23 budget is delivering record, on record, on record, in health, education and transport right across the state,” Mr Bailey said.

“In Northern region – taking in Townsville, out past Charters Towers and up to Ingham – we are delivering over $1 billion in road and transport projects over the next four years.

“This level of investment is one that is supporting jobs in Townsville and delivering a better road and transport system for locals to make sure every person gets home safer and sooner.

“Our $70 million investment is just another example of that commitment in action for the people of Townsville.

Member for Mundingburra Les Walker said the duplication of Bowen Road bridge built on investments in the surrounding road network.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has already committed $46.4 million to duplicate Stuart Drive to four lanes between University Road and Bowen Road Bridge by 2024 so today’s announcement removes the last remaining bottleneck on this section,” Mr Walker said.

The $46.4 million election commitment includes:

  • Replacing the Mervyn Crossman Drive and Fairfield Waters Drive roundabout with a signalised intersection.
  • Signalising the Gartrell Drive and Kokoda Street intersections.
  • And safety upgrades for pedestrians and bike riders, including wider paths, better connections, and safer crossings.

“As more people more to Queensland, and to our regional centres, it’s important that we are delivering upgrades now to prepare for future demand.

“About 24,000 people use this section of Stuart Drive each day, so I’m pleased to see this work pushing forward.”

Member for Mundingburra Les Walker said early works on the duplication of Stuart Drive would begin later this year.

“We’re kicking off the project later this year with a package of early works, including the extensive relocation of utilities like electrical, water and telecommunications,” Mr Walker said.

“Following this, construction will start on replacing the Mervyn Crossman Drive roundabout with signals and signalising the Kokoda Street intersection which we anticipate will begin by mid-next-year (2023),” he said.

“This will be followed by works to upgrade Stuart Drive to four lanes from University Road, including signalising the Gartrell Drive intersection.

“It’s anticipated that works on the Stuart Drive duplication project will be complete in late-2024, weather and construction conditions permitting.”

Mr Walker said construction on the second Bowen Road Bridge were due to start by mid-2024, weather and construction conditions permitting.

“It’s great to see that when one project comes to a close, we’ll be kickstarting the next build,” he said.

Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper praised the announcement.

“This blockbuster, $29.7 billion road and transport plan is supporting 25,220 jobs over four years and I’m proud that our slice of Queensland paradise is a big winner,” Mr Harper said.

“Important upgrades like this will see Queenslanders getting home safer and sooner, spending more time with family and friends enjoying all the great things Townsville has to offer.”

“Investing in road infrastructure like the $230 million Townsville Ring Road Stage Five project and stage 2 of Riverway Drive is in the Palaszczuk Government’s DNA.”

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