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Townsville Ring Road (Section 4)


The newly opened section of the Townsville Ring Road, an 11.5km link connecting the existing Ring Road at Kalynda Chase with the northern suburbs of Townsville, was completed in December 2016.

This section completes the 22km Townsville Ring Road link, providing a freight bypass of Townsville and delivering improved safety and traffic efficiency.


Bohle Plains, Townsville.


Construction commenced in March 2015 and was completed in December 2016, ahead of schedule.


Benefits of the Townsville Ring Road Section 4 will include:

  • 4 lanes of motorway standard highway
  • grade-separations at Mt Low Parkway, Kalynda Parade and Shaw Road
  • traffic lights at the Veales Road/ Bruce Highway intersection
  • pedestrian facilities at Mt Low/ Bruce Highway intersection
  • improved travel time reliability
  • improved flood immunity, as Shaw Road (interim National Network) currently has poor flood immunity
  • reduced congestion on the local road network by providing a more direct route for through freight and Port freight
  • improved connections between residential areas and employment centres.

A total of $200 million funding was committed to the project, including:

  • $160 million by the Australian Government
  • $40 million by the Queensland Government.
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Project info

The joint federal and state funded project addressed the safety and traffic needs of the Bruce Highway, well into the future. Townsville Ring Road section 4 links to the existing sections of the Ring Road at the Ring Road/Shaw Road intersection and run in a north-westerly direction across the Bohle Plains, connecting to the Bruce Highway in the vicinity of Mt Low Parkway. The overall Ring Road now extends from the Douglas Arterial to Mt Low Parkway.

Project map

Townsville Ring Road Section 4: January 2016

Environmental Management: information and reporting

Environmental management played a significant role in the planning stages and continued to be a vital element during construction. The listed threatened species for the Townsville Ring Road section 4 project include:

  • Black-throated Finch (southern) (Poephila cincta cincta)
  • Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bat (Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus)
  • Squatter Pigeon (southern subspecies (Geophaps scripta scripta).

In February 2014 the department issued a public notice, seeking Invitation to Comment on the proposed clearing of approximately 55 hectares of native vegetation for road construction activities. After extensive stakeholder engagement, the federal government has approved this plan as part of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC).

Townsville Ring Road Stage 4—Annual Environmental Compliance Reports

Townsville Ring Road Stage 4—Response to information document

Townsville Ring Road Section 4—Environmental Management Plan (Planning)



Black throated finch

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Contact details

Phone: 1800 625 648

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Townsville Ring Road (Section 4): Bohle Plains section

The new Bruce Highway connection, from Kalynda Chase to Townsville's northern suburbs
The new Bruce Highway connection, from Kalynda Chase to Townsville's northern suburbs.

Bruce Highway intersection with Mount Low Parkway
Bruce Highway intersection with Mount Low Parkway.

The Townsville Ring Road forms a new section of the national network
The Townsville Ring Road forms a new section of the national network.

The $200 million project was completed more than six months ahead of schedule
The $200 million project was completed more than 6 months ahead of schedule.

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Last updated
07 September 2017