Traffic switch marks milestone on major Townsville project

Published Wednesday, 13 December, 2017 at 09:48 AM

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

A congestion busting upgrade to a busy Townsville road is a step closer, with a traffic switch now placing motorists on newly built lanes.

Once complete, the $35 million Riverway Drive (Gollogly Lane to Allambie Lane) duplication project will mean drivers will experience less traffic, particularly those living in or travelling to Kelso and Rasmussen.

Supporting an average of 82 jobs during the construction period, the upgrade will also improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, incorporating new and improved signalised intersections; protected turning lanes; pedestrian crossings and refuges; centre medians; new bus stops and shelters; and upgraded street lighting.

Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said he was excited to see progress was being made.

"I understand most motorists don’t like roadworks, but this really is a case of short term pain for a whole lot of long term gain,” Mr Harper said.

“Until now, both north and south-bound traffic have been travelling on the existing Riverway Drive alignment.

"Today’s switch means motorists will drive on the new southbound lanes between Santal Drive and Allambie Lane.

“This allows us to begin building the inbound lanes.

“I’d like to thank motorists for their patience with the changing conditions as we continue to deliver this vital duplication.”

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey congratulated Mr Harper, and said it was the local MP’s dedication to advocating for the project that ultimately got it underway in June last year.

“I know the motorists who travel Riverway Drive each day have been eagerly awaiting this upgrade,” Mr Bailey said.

“Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper has to be applauded for his relentless advocacy for this project, it’s because of him that we’re getting the job done now.”

Mr Bailey said the switch was the first of many on the project, with works continuing into the new year.

“We’ll be back on the ground in January to start constructing the Riverway Drive and Allambie Lane intersection,” he said.

“We have further traffic switches planned for early next year as new sections of road are finished and able to accommodate traffic.”

The $35 million Riverway Drive (Gollogly Lane to Allambie Lane) duplication project is fully funded by the Palaszczuk Government.

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