Riverway Drive Stage 2 (Allambie Lane to Dunlop Street)

To improve safety for all road users, Riverway Drive between Allambie Lane and Dunlop Street, Townsville, will be upgraded. This will increase capacity and improve traffic efficiency, particularly for motorists entering Riverway Drive from side streets.

Riverway Drive is located within the suburb of Kelso, about 20km south-west of Townsville's CBD.

The $95 million Riverway Drive Stage 2 (Allambie Lane to Dunlop Street) (RWD2) project will upgrade a 3.1km section of Riverway Drive.

The Australian and Queensland Governments have committed $76 million and $19 million respectively to the RWD2 project, which is jointly funded on an 80:20 basis under the State Road Network Upgrade Program. 

Consultation with key and impacted stakeholders has commenced and will continue throughout the project. The project team will hold community information sessions and pop up stalls in 2021.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Better road access
  • Reduces travel time
  • Better active transport

Key features

  • Widening to 4 lanes over the 1.6km section between Allambie Lane and Hammond Way.
  • New centre median and improvements to right turn lanes at intersections over 1.5km section between Hammond Way and Dunlop Street.
  • Upgrade of Rosewood Avenue and Buunong Avenue to a four-way signalised intersection.
  • New signals at Yut Fay Avenue and Ponti Road intersections.
  • Improved on-road and off-road cycle facilities.
  • Dedicated crossing points for pedestrians and bike riders.


Investment ID 1776745

Total investment
$95 million
Australian Government
$76  million
Queensland Government
$19 million

Current status

The Riverway Drive Stage 2 Business Case was completed in August 2020 and recommended works to improve safety, capacity and efficiency between Allambie Lane and Dunlop Street.

In September 2020 the Queensland Government announced $19 million towards detailed design and construction of the business case scope, based on an estimated total project cost of $95 million. This was supported by an Australian Government announcement in October 2020 of a $76 million contribution to the project, representing an 80:20 joint funding arrangement. 

Detailed design of the upgrades will be undertaken during 2021, along with consultation with residents and other stakeholders.

Project map

Riverway Drive duplication stage 2: map

Map of works at Allambie Lane to Hammond Way (4 lane intersection) and Hammond Way to Dunlop Street (Safety upgrades with road rehabilitation)