I have approved the release of the funds required to complete the detailed planning and design work on the fourth and final section of Townsville’s Ring Road, one of the first projects brought forward thanks to the extra revenue which will soon flow from Federal Labor’s new mining tax.
A key pledge of ours at the last Federal Election, completion of this missing link in the City’s road network will ease congestion, take 5,000 trucks a day off local streets, improve access to the Port and support the region’s continuing growth, not just for the next three years but for the next three decades.
When it comes to infrastructure, Federal Labor means and does what it says.
The planning and detailed design work, along with the associated community consultations, will take about 18 months to complete. We expect construction to begin in early 2014 and take around two years.
Jointly funded by the Federal (up to $160 million) and Queensland ($40 million) governments, this project will connect the Douglas Arterial to the Bruce Highway at Mt Low.
The commissioning of the Ring Road’s final section—together with other local projects such as the Douglas Arterial Duplication and new Port Access Road—takes Federal Labor’s investment in Townsville’s road infrastructure to an unprecedented $420 million through our Nation Building Program.
State-wide, Federal Labor has more than doubled annual infrastructure spending since coming to office from $143 to $314 per Queenslander. All up, we are providing a record $8.7 billion over six years to rebuild and renew the State’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure.