The Townsville Ring Rd Stage 5 design and build contract has been awarded to the Georgiou AECOM consortium.
Construction on the $230 million project is expected to start by mid-2021 and be complete in early 2023.
The Australian and Queensland governments today announced the contract to build that project and marked the start of early works by RoadTek on the $107.7 million Bruce Highway – Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade.
More than 560 jobs would be up for grabs in Townsville as the two major regional road projects moved forward, they said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said major construction for both projects was on track to begin next year.
“The Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade project will duplicate 5.2km of the Bruce Highway, including a new bridge over Black River, while the Stage 5 project will complete the four-laning of the 22km Townsville Ring Road,” Mr McCormack said.
“These projects are part of our $100 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline which will support our economy by creating jobs in North Queensland as we recover from COVID-19.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said creating a multi-billion-dollar pipeline of road projects in Townsville would create jobs, drive safety and accommodate the region’s burgeoning freight and business community.
“We’re building the $514.3 million Bruce Highway upgrade through Haughton River, creating over 540 jobs, the biggest ever overhaul of Northern Australia’s largest port creating 125 jobs, and now we’re securing more jobs and improved safety with the next tranche of road upgrades in North Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.