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 duplication of Riverway Drive between Gollogly Lane and Allambie Lane, has improved efficiency and safety for over 20,000 vehicles per day.

Planning is underway on improving a further 3.1km section of Riverway Drive. 

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

Benefits

  • 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
  • Widening to install a centre-median and improve right turn lanes at intersections over 1.5km section between Hammond Way and Dunlop Street.
  • Signalisation of Rosewood Avenue and Buunong Avenue as a four-way signalised intersection
  • Signalisation of Yut Fay Avenue and Ponti Road intersections
  • Improved on-road and off-road cycle facilities
  • Dedicated crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists

Funding

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

Allambie Lane to Rosewood Avenue / Buunong Avenue section

Map of Riverway Drive between Allambie Lane to Rosewood Avenue - Buunong Avenue section. Image shows locations of proposed signalised intersection, section of road that will be 4 lanes.

Rosewood Avenue / Buunong Avenue to Yut Fay Avenue section

Map of Riverway Drive, Rosewood Avenue - Buunong Avenue section to Yut Fay Avenue section. Image shows locations of proposed signalised intersection, section of road that will be 4 lanes.

Yut Fay Avenue to Ponti Road section

Map of Riverway Drive, Yut Fay Avenue to Ponti Road section. Image shows locations of proposed signalised intersection, section of road that will be 4 lanes and 2 lanes.

Ponti Road to Yvette Street / Peter Street section

Map of Riverway Drive, Point Road to Yvette Street, Peter Street section. Image shows locations of proposed signalised intersection, section of road that will be 2 lanes.

Yvette Street to Dunlop Street section

Map of Riverway Drive, Yvette Street to Dunlop Street section. Image shows locations of proposed section of road that will be 2 lanes.