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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Major construction contract awarded for Townsville/Thuringowa Ring Road extension

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Wednesday, January 24, 2007

    Major construction contract awarded for Townsville/Thuringowa Ring Road extension

    The Australian and Queensland governments today announced the successful tenderer for construction of the extension to the Townsville/Thuringowa Ring Road.

    The construction contract has been awarded to Thiess Pty Limited.

    Both governments are jointly funding the Ring Road extension, with the Australian Government contributing $79.5 million to the $119 million project and the State Government paying $39.5 million.

    The Australian Government Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, and the Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Paul Lucas, said they expected building activity to start within months, subject to rainfall inhibiting roadworks.

    “But the weather won’t affect initial preparation involving the relocation of water pipes and electricity and telephone cables. These will start almost immediately,” Mr Lucas said.

    Mr Lloyd said the Ring Road was a key component of AusLink, the National Transport Plan, which both governments supported.

    “Working in partnership through AusLink, governments can reduce some of the potential delays that emerge when building large construction projects so we can deliver them earlier for motorists,” he said.

    He said the contract involved extending the Ring Road a further seven kilometres, from the Douglas Arterial at Upper Ross River Road (now known as Riverway Drive), to provide a Bruce Highway connection, via Shaw Road.

    “The extension will pass west through Condon between Carlyle Gardens and Shalom College, roughly parallel to and about half a kilometre south of Herveys Range Road. It will then turn north to connect with Shaw Road,” Mr Lloyd said.

    “It includes a flyover for access via Hervey's Range Road, an overpass of Beck Road, and new bridges over the Bohle and Little Bohle Rivers.”

    Mr Lucas said on and off ramps would be provided at Riverway Drive and Herveys Range Road, but there would be no access from Beck Road. “This will provide a fast and uninterrupted route for motorists with a 100 km/h speed limit.

    “Speeds will be limited to 80 km/h at the northern end of the ring road on approach to traffic lights at the intersection of Shaw and Dalrymple roads.

    “The Ring Road is being built with careful consideration for the environment. Main Roads is working closely with Thuringowa City Council on flood modelling, landscaping and traffic impacts on local roads," Mr Lucas said.

    “Part of the route through Condon has been diverted to save two very large old-growth paperbark trees on the Bohle River and they’ll be protected with barricades during the construction phase.”

    Mr Lloyd said the Ring Road extension eventually would provide a new route for traffic to bypass the suburban areas of Townsville and Thuringowa.

    “I would like to thank the Federal Government for their generous cash contribution to the Townsville/Thuringowa Ring Road extension. It is an excellent example of the two levels of Government working together to produce a good outcome for the Twin Cities.” said Mr Lucas.

    Construction is expected to finish in late 2008.

    Media inquiries:
    Mr Lloyd’s office – (02) 6277 7060.
    Mr Lucas’ office - Darren Roberts (07) 3237 1947.