An extra $35 million will be invested in the Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade project to improve the safety of a notorious section of the Bruce Highway at Black River.
Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said increasing the total commitment from $72 million to $107.65 million would allow the delivery of the best traffic solution to increase safety standards.
“The project proposes to duplicate 5.2km of the Bruce Highway between Veales Rd and Pope Rd, including building another bridge over Black River, and reduce the number of intersections,” Mr McCormack said.
The detailed design phase will begin shortly, with construction expected to commence in 2021.
The stretch of highway caters for an average 14,000 vehicles every day, with a majority being residents living in Townsville’s northern beaches suburbs.
Early works costing $8.75 million were completed in 2016 to address the most urgent safety issues on the northern side of the bridge.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said while they had been a good interim measure, more upgrades were required.
“For me, the most important aspect of these works is safety. This is an extremely important and busy road used by both locals and freight traffic,” Mr Thompson said.
“Locals, in particular, want to have confidence that they can get to work, the school drop-off and our northern beaches safely and on time and once completed this project will make these trips safer and more reliable.”
The Australian Government has committed $86.12 million towards the $107.65 million Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade project, with the Queensland Government committing $21.53 million.