Apr 19, 2010

Major construction starts on new arterial for Townsville’s heart

Major construction starts on new arterial for Townsville’s heart

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 19 2010

The North Queensland economy is set for another boost today as Queensland Main Roads Minister, Craig Wallace, and Queensland Labor Senator, Jan McLucas, turned the first sod on the Douglas Arterial Duplication project in Townsville.

The $110 million joint federal and state-funded project is set to begin full scale construction in April, following the Anzac Day break.

The Queensland Main Roads Minister, Craig Wallace, said the project would change the face of Townsville’s road network.

“The current two-lane Douglas Arterial section of the Townsville Ring Road will be expanded to four lanes,” Mr Wallace said.

“It’s about supporting population growth in this fast-growing region and building infrastructure to take the region into the future.

“It means jobs for local road workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever before, and it means a first-class road network for our region. It doesn’t get much better than that.

“We want to maintain the momentum around this project. That’s why it’s so exciting to be here today, standing shoulder to shoulder with my Federal colleagues turning the first sod.”

Senator McLucas said the Douglas Arterial Duplication project couldn’t have come at a better time for Townsville.

“The project was able to be fast-tracked with a $20 million injection from the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan,” Senator McLucas said.

"It’s what our Nation Building Program is all about – delivering jobs, delivering key infrastructure and delivering a better deal for regional Queenslanders.

“Directly and indirectly it will put 488 Australians to work building transport infrastructure vital to our nation’s long term economic prosperity.

"Projects such as this also demonstrate our commitment to delivering world-class road infrastructure to the communities of North Queensland.

"All up, the Rudd Labor Government is investing an unprecedented $8.6 billion over six years to modernise and maintain Queensland’s road and rail infrastructure.”

The upgrade is set to be completed in 2012, weather permitting.