Expressions of interest are being called to design and build the Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 project.
It follows another milestone on the $514 million Haughton River project south of Townsville, which now has all pre-cast concrete piles manufactured and onsite, ready for driving into the bridge structures.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said making sure jobs would go to locals and local businesses would be a key focus of the EOI for the $180 million ring road project, with up to 200 jobs on offer.
“This is the final piece of the puzzle for Townsville’s Ring Road project, making sure that we’re ready for the city’s growth and that locals and businesses can access vital services and work,” he said.
The project will duplicate the existing, six-kilometre, two-lane section between Vickers Bridge and Shaw Road to four lanes and add a new connection at Beck Drive.
The design and construction contract will be awarded to the successful contractor next year, with shovels to hit the ground in mid-2021.
Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper also announced planning had started on Riverway Drive Stage 2
“The Upper Ross is booming. That’s why the Queensland Government started and finished stage one of Riverway Drive last year, and why we’re now undertaking planning on the next three-kilometre section,” Mr Harper said.
Technical assessments for stage two, including traffic modelling, will be completed to assist with the planning, in addition to consultation with key stakeholders to be carried out early next year.