Townsville Connection Road (Idalia), University Road to Bowen Road Bridge, improve safety

Townsville Connection Road is being upgraded to dual lanes between University Road and Bowen Road Bridge including upgrades at all 3 intersections; Gartrell Drive, Mervyn Crossman Drive/Fairfield Waters Drive and Kokoda Street.

The project will benefit all road users by increasing capacity, reducing congestion, improving travel-time reliability, and improving safety. 

The 2km section of Townsville Connection Road carries around 24,000 vehicles daily.

The area surrounding this section of the state-controlled road is identified as a residential and commercial growth area, and significant increases in traffic are forecast. 

Consultation with key and impacted stakeholders has commenced and will continue throughout the project design and construction phases.

Benefits

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

Key features

  • Upgrading Townsville Connection Road to 4 lanes between University Road and Bowen Road Bridge.
  • A signalised intersection to replace the roundabout at the Townsville Connection Road and Mervyn Crossman Drive/Fairfield Waters Drive intersection.
  • Signalising the Gartrell Drive and Kokoda Street intersections to allow safer side street access.
  • Safety upgrades for pedestrians and bike riders, including wider paths, better connections, and safer crossings.

Funding

This project is fully funded by the Queensland Government. Investment ID: 1810128

Total investment
$46.4 million
Queensland Government
$46.4 million

Current status

Detailed design commenced in July 2021.

Information such as constraints, public utility plant (including electrical and telecommunications infrastructure) and geotechnical investigations will be completed during detailed design.

Engagement with key stakeholders has been ongoing throughout the development of the detailed design. Engagement with the broader community will start in late 2022 to gather data on traffic movements through the project site, which will assist during construction of the project.

Townsville Connection Road (Idalia), University Road to Bowen Road Bridge, improve safety location map

Townsville Connection Road (Idalia), University Road to Bowen Road Bridge, improve safety (Townsville Connection Road is known locally as Stuart Drive) location map