Townsville Ring Road

We are progressing the Bruce Highway - Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 (TRR5) project to deliver improved road safety, efficiency and travel time reliability for freight and passenger vehicles on the Bruce Highway in Townsville. 

The Townsville Ring Road link is a 22km section of the 36km Bruce Highway route through Townsville, forming part of the National Highway which is Queensland's primary freight, passenger and tourism corridor. It also connects Townsville’s suburbs to key employment nodes and essential services.

Most of the Townsville Ring Road is 4 lanes wide, however around 6km is currently only 2 lanes wide (between the Vickers Bridge, Douglas and Shaw Road, Bohle Plains).

The TRR5 project will duplicate this remaining 2 lane section to 4 lanes and will also provide an interchange with Beck Drive which connects to the growing Upper Ross area.

When the TRR5 project is complete, the entire 36km Bruce Highway link through Townsville (extending from Stuart in the south to Jensen in the north) will be at 4 lane standard (that is, 2 lanes in each direction).

The TRR5 Business Case was approved in October 2019 following initial planning which included traffic modelling, environmental investigations, on-ground surveys and hydraulic modelling.

In December 2019, we shortlisted 2 tenderers – consortiums Bielby/BMD ARUP HDR, and Georgiou AECOM – to develop proposals and costings to design and build the project.



  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Reduces interchange queuing
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

  • Duplication of a 6km, 2 lane section of the Townsville Ring Road between Vickers Bridge and Shaw Road.
  • New connection with Beck Drive which connects to the Upper Ross area.
  • Appropriate bridging and drainage for flood mitigation, lighting, intelligent transport systems, noise mitigation measures and environmental protections.


The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 (federal:state) basis.

Total investment
$230 million
Australian Government
$184 million
Queensland Government
$46 million

Current status

The preferred 2 tenderers worked with us as part of an Early Contractor Involvement process and have now submitted their proposals and costings to design and build the TRR5.

We expect to award a Design and Construct contract by late 2020.

Subject to Australian Government approval, construction is expected to commence by mid-2021, with completion in early 2023, weather permitting. 

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

Townsville Ring Road location map

Townsville Ring Road location map