Expressions of interest are open to design and build Townsville‘s $180 million Ring Road Stage Five.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said making sure jobs go to local businesses will be a key focus of the EOI, with up to 200 jobs on offer.
“We’ve delivered more than $790 million in Townsville road projects over the past four years, creating 1200 jobs. And we’re not letting up,” Mr. Bailey said.
“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.”
Herbert Member Phillip Thompson said he was pleased to have secured 80 per cent of project funding.
“Projects such as this one are going to increase the capacity and connectivity of the Townsville road network,” Mr. Thompson said.
“These projects are delivering significant social and economic benefits by reducing congestion and travel times and improving the efficiency and reliability of freight movements through our city.”
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.