Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade

The Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade (TNAIU) project will improve road safety, efficiency and travel time reliability for freight and passenger vehicles on the Bruce Highway in Townsville.

In December 2016, an interim solution to this $107.65 million project was completed.

The interim project scope included:

  • relocating the Bowden Road intersection further north, moving it away from Black River Bridge and from the Church Road intersection, to form a staggered "T" intersection
  • providing a 1.6-kilometre service road to remove multiple property accesses which had direct access to the highway
  • providing longer protected turning lanes for some movements into the three intersections (Church, Bowden and Black River Roads)
  • additional Queensland Ambulance Signage and Intelligent Transport Systems works.

The final part of this project will now deliver 5.2km of duplication on the Bruce Highway, north of Townsville at Black River between Veales Road and Pope Road, including duplicating the Black River Bridge.

This project will also include reducing the number of intersections and direct accesses to the Bruce Highway through this section, with alternative access provided via service roads to other intersections.

This busy section of the Bruce Highway carries an average of 14,000 vehicles per day, with a majority of these being residents living in Townsville's northern beaches.

This means a majority of these motorists are making their daily commute to school, work and other every day activities, and now the can look forward to a safer more reliable journey each day.

Stakeholder engagement with surrounding and impacted landowners is underway and will continue throughout 2020.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy

Key features

  • duplicate 5.2km section of the Bruce Highway between Veales Road and Pope Road north of Townsville.

Funding

$107.65 million jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis under the 15-year, $12.6 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.

Total investment
$107.65 million
Australian Government
$86.12 million
Queensland Government
$21.53 million

Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade project map

Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade project map