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Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 project


Planning for duplication of the remaining 2 lane section of the Townsville Ring Road (Bruce Highway) between Vickers Bridge over Ross River and Shaw Road interchange.


Townsville Ring Road, Thuringowa

Planning work for the Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 (TRR5) project is underway, including technical assessments, to support the completion of a business case by late 2019.  

The planning project aims to improve road safety and freight efficiency, provide travel time reliability and ease congestion by duplicating this two-lane section of Townsville Ring Road.


The total project value is $180 million.

The Queensland Government has committed $36 million to the TRR5 project, as a 20 percent contribution to the project's planning, design and construction. This commitment is outlined in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) 2019-20 to 2022-23.

This commitment includes a $3 million allocation in the 2019-20 financial year to complete planning work for the TRR5 project. 

In April 2019, the Australian Government announced it would provide $144 million towards the Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 project, representing an 80 percent funding contribution for this project. 

North Queensland Region - Northern District

Project info

The 22km Townsville Ring Road forms part of the National Highway (Bruce Highway), which is Queensland's primary freight, passenger and tourism corridor. It also connects Townsville’s suburbs to employment and essential services. Most of the Townsville Ring Road is 4 lanes wide, however approximately 6km is currently only 2 lanes wide (between the Vickers Bridge and Shaw Road, Bohle).

The Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 project will plan for duplication of this section and provision of access to and from Beck Drive.

When the Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 project is complete, the entire 36km Bruce Highway link through Townsville will be at 4 lane standard (that is, 2 lanes in each direction).

As part of project planning the Department of Transport and Main Roads is currently undertaking traffic modelling, environmental investigations, on-ground survey and hydraulic modelling. 

The business case is expected to be completed by late 2019. 

The Queensland Government will work with the Australian Government to progress the project's design and delivery, following approval of the business case. 

Community info

The project’s Customer and Stakeholder Management team is committed to listening to stakeholders and values all community feedback during the project’s planning and construction.

Contact details

Phone: 1800 625 648

Townsville Ring Road Stage 5


Last updated
04 August 2019