Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5)

The Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 project, a landmark initiative that has brought about substantial improvements in road safety, traffic flow and travel time predictability for both freight and passenger vehicles along the Bruce Highway in Townsville, has been completed.

This vital project involved duplicating the last remaining 2-lane section of the Townsville Ring Road, spanning from Vickers Bridge to Shaw Road, covering a distance of 6 km.

A noteworthy addition to this endeavour is the introduction of a 4-lane ramp intersection at Beck Drive, establishing a crucial secondary connection to the Townsville Ring Road from the Upper Ross area. This development not only facilitates smoother traffic flow but also significantly contributes to improving local connectivity and road safety, benefitting many daily commuters, including 12% dedicated to freight transport.

Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) construction

Video Transcript

Hopeful, upbeat music plays.

Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) Project – opening scene is an aerial shot of the Riverway Drive interchange showing cars heading in both directions. The camera pans to view the northern side of the project including construction happening at the Beck Drive interchange.

The video shows the construction of the large retention basin at the Beck Drive interchange and the earth bank construction to create the new overpass, and then shows the same area close to completion with new entry and exit ramps open to traffic.

The next scene is an aerial flythrough showing the construction of the Bohle River (William Condon Bridge) duplication. The video then transitions into a timelapse showing a crane installing bridge decks and construction vehicles and other machinery installing sheeting, reinforcements, concrete, and asphalt.

The flythrough travels over the existing William Condon Bridge heading south with the new duplicated bridge parallel to it. The aerial shot pans the new bridge from south to north.

The video then shows the construction of the Bruce Highway duplication (northbound lanes). The video is heading north from the Little Bohle River Bridge to the Hervey Range Developmental Road interchange.

The next scene shows on-ground footage of construction of the Little Bohle River Bridge duplication with two cranes installing bridge decks. The video then pans from south to north showing the two parallel bridges and new asphalt on the duplicated bridge. An arial shot follows cars heading north over the new bridge.

The video then pans north showing the Hervey Range Developmental Road interchange upgrade and follows cars as they exit onto Hervey Range Developmental Road. The video cuts to a view over the Hervey Range exit and entry ramps showing the duplicated overpasses. The video cuts to a close up shot of the new overpass and earth banks under construction with construction machinery in the foreground. The video cuts to a view below the overpasses of cars traveling southbound on Hervey Range Road.

The next scene cuts to a flythrough of a blackened area of grassland with smoke emerging from different areas. The video is showing a traditional Mosaic burn and was conducted to help improve the landscape health at the Black-throated finch rehabilitation area. Video then shows the same area with trees, shrubs and bonded fibre matrix to promote grass growth.

Video then cuts to the northbound alignment near Kalynda Chase showing the upgrades to the pedestrian underpass and new upgraded pedestrian pathway and then pans north toward Shaw Road and the Dalrymple interchange.

The video then shows the second upgraded pedestrian underpass and shared pathway. Video cuts to an on-ground flythrough traveling through the underpass.

The next scene opens over the Shaw Road exit ramp and pans south to show cars traveling on the alignment at the Shaw Road interchange. Closing screen shows the statement of the Queensland Government's objectives for the community: Good jobs, Better services, Great lifestyle and then the project name 'Bruce Highway Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5)' in a search bar with the Australian and Queensland Government logos underneath. Authorised by the Queensland Government, William Street, Brisbane.


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

Key features

  • Duplication of a 6km, 2-lane section of the Townsville Ring Road between Vickers Bridge and Shaw Road to 4 lanes.
  • Duplication of bridges over Bohle and Little Bohle rivers.
  • Duplication of overpass bridges at Beck Drive and Hervey Range Developmental Road.
  • A new 4-lane ramp interchange at Beck Drive, catering for all directions of travel and providing better connection between the Townsville Ring Road and the Upper Ross area.
  • Changes to the existing Riverway Drive interchange to ensure its safe operation with the new Beck Drive interchange, including removal of the southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp.
  • Installation of drainage for flood mitigation.
  • Installation of Intelligent Transport Systems.
  • Noise mitigation measures.
  • Environmental considerations.
  • Upgrades to 4.5km of active transport infrastructure, which includes the construction of 3.5km of brand-new shared pathways designed to accommodate pedestrians and bike riders. 

Construction of the duplicated William Condon Bridge

Video Transcript

Eccentric music plays.

First scene opens with a timelapse of the construction of the William Condon Bridge over the Bohle River in Townsville. Bruce Highway Townsville Ring Road project location label appears across screen.

Construction materials are stored on site in the foreground. The video shows several bridge headstocks under construction with steel framing, scaffolding and concrete. Two large cranes place girders on top of headstocks. Cars pass on the adjacent bridge.

Construction of the William Condon Bridge duplication label appears at the top of the screen. Cranes continue placing girders on top of headstocks as cars and other construction machinery move throughout the works zone. Steel scaffolding is removed from headstocks as piles of construction materials are moved from the foreground. Cranes place girders on the remaining headstocks.

First pile installed December 2021 label appears at the top of the screen. Blue fencing is placed along the sides of the bridge as decking is installed over the girders. Concrete pours happen concurrently in sections as vehicles appear and leave the area. The bridge embankments are built up with fill material as the bridge approach is concreted to the abutment.

199.16 metres long label appears at the bottom right of the screen. Steam rollers and other construction vehicles move throughout the works area. Earthworks are occurring under the bridge including the installation of rock material to protect the piers from scouring.

One of four new bridges constructed label appears at the bottom right of the screen.

Rollers and other construction vehicles undertake compacting and earthworks on the bridge approach. Excavators undertake trenching to install electrical and communications wires under the bridge approach. The bridge is then asphalted. Batter protection is applied to the bridge embankment.

Aggregate and spray seal is applied on the approach to the bridge.

Construction was completed in December 2022 label appears across the screen. Final works including guardrail, signage and concrete barrier installation occur as line marking is painted onto the bridge and along the bridge approach.

Grass begins to grow.

Cars begin to travel over the new bridge as works start to occur on the existing William Condon Bridge.

Closing screen shows the statement of the Queensland Government's objectives for the community: Good jobs, Better services, Great lifestyle.

Project name 'Bruce Highway Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5)' in a search bar with the Australian and Queensland Government logos underneath.


This project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 (federal:state) basis. Investment ID 1059916

Total investment
$280 million
Australian Government
$224 million
Queensland Government
$56 million

Current status

Major construction on the Ring Road alignment has been completed, and all 4 highway lanes are now operational between Vickers Bridge and Shaw Road. The Beck Drive interchange is open to traffic in all directions, and 2-way traffic has been restored on Beck Drive. With the project now completed, approximately 17,000 vehicles per day will experience reduced travel times and improved safety.

Minor ancillary works, including landscaping, electrical installations, and footpath enhancements, will continue throughout the project area until late 2023.

Project timeline

  • Business case approved – October 2019
  • Design and construct contract awarded to Georgiou AECOM consortium – August 2020
  • Early works commenced – June 2021
  • Construction commenced – July 2021
  • First ramp at Beck Drive interchange opened – September 2022
  • Reconfiguration of the southbound entry ramp at the Riverway Drive interchange completed– December 2022
  • Bohle River Bridge opened, and construction of all major structures completed – December 2022
  • Construction at Beck Drive and Gouldian Avenue intersection commenced – March 2023
  • Last remaining single carriageway separated – June 2023
  • Completion of major works and opening of all 4 motorway lanes – October 2023
  • Project completed – October 2023

Beck Drive interchange

Townsville RIng Road Stage 5 completed project GIF

Project animation

Video Transcript

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is constructing the Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 project on the Bruce Highway through the suburbs of Condon and Bohle Plains.  

The project will duplicate a 6km, 2-lane section of the Townsville Ring Road to four lanes, extending from Vickers Bridge through to Shaw Road.

Works on the Riverway Drive interchange will include removal of the existing westbound entry ramp and eastbound exit ramp, which cater for vehicles heading to and from the north and towards Hervey Range Road. These vehicles will be catered for at the new Beck Drive interchange. 

At Beck Drive in Condon, a new interchange will be constructed with entry and exit ramps to provide access for all directions of travel between Beck Drive and the Townsville Ring Road.

The Beck Drive interchange will include new shared pathways for pedestrians and bicycle riders. 

A new bridge will be constructed over the Bohle River alongside the existing bridge.

A new bridge will also be constructed over the Little Bohle River alongside the existing bridge.

Heading north, the project will construct a new overpass of the Hervey Range Developmental Road. New shared pathways will also be constructed along Hervey Range Road for pedestrians and bicycle riders.

The highway duplication will continue from Hervey Range Developmental Road through to Shaw Road. Along this section, existing shared pathways will be upgraded to concrete, and existing pedestrian underpasses will be extended and linked to new wider footpaths.

At Shaw Road, the project will link into the existing 4-lane section of the Townsville Ring Road. 

In summary, the Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 project will include: 

  • duplication of the remaining 6km section of the 2-lane highway to 4 lanes
  • a new interchange to provide a connection to the Ring Road at Beck Drive
  • changes to the Riverway Drive interchange to improve its operation, including removal of on and off ramps for traffic travelling to and from the direction of Ingham
  • new dual carriageway bridges for the Bohle and Little Bohle Rivers
  • new shared pathways for pedestrians and bike riders.

The Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments on an 80:20 basis. 

For more information, search 'Townsville Ring Road Stage 5'.

Project layout plans


Overall project layout plan
Section 1 Riverway Drive to Little Bohle River Bridge

Project plan section 1

Section 2 Little Bohle River Bridge to Shaw Road

Project plan section 2

Note: Not for construction. Plans are for consultation purposes only and are subject to change.

Cultural Heritage

The Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) project team has continuously engaged with the traditional custodians of the project site, the Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba peoples, throughout the design and construction phases to identify opportunities for design participation and celebration of cultural heritage knowledge.

The Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba traditional owner group has contributed to the project through:

  • providing the design for the official project artwork as displayed on the Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) Project Charter and on personal protective equipment workwear proudly worn by staff on site
  • participating in mosaic burning on the project site for environment health and prior to the planting of native grasses
  • monitoring of clearing activities for sites and artefacts of cultural significance
  • assisting in the delivery of cultural awareness training to project staff
  • contributing cultural heritage material for site inductions.
Smoking ceremony, photo shows smoke emerging from traditional grasses and fodder in the foreground and an Aboriginal man with didgeridoo in the background

Image: A smoking ceremony with the Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba traditional owner group officially opened the Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) project in 2021.

The Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) project area overlaps or adjoins previous Townsville Ring Road upgrades, including sections 2 & 3 (completed 2009) and Section 4 (completed 2016). Archaeological and cultural heritage studies along with stakeholder engagement from these previous projects were used to inform the Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) Cultural Heritage Risk Assessment process.

No statutory Historical Heritage Listings are known in the vicinity of the project site. Assessment of the federal, state and local heritage registers was undertaken. There were three Indigenous Cultural Heritage sites recorded within the project area and its immediate surrounds, all of which were significantly old mature Eucalypts with no physical heritage features, but which held intangible value to the traditional owner group due to both the trees' ages and links to Country pre-European impacts on the area. One of the trees was in an impact area within the project boundary and was removed with monitors from the Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba People present to ensure appropriate care and controls were upheld and that no additional cultural materials were exposed or harmed. The remaining 2 trees were identified and marked for preservation by the project.

The presence of 2 larger watercourses through the project area suggested the potential for sites to be discovered during the works. To mitigate any potential issues, Cultural Heritage monitors were engaged on the project through the initial ground disturbance and clearing stages of the project. These stages included removal of vegetation and the early excavation process as requested in the Cultural Heritage Management Agreement negotiated between the department and the Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba People. Additional involvement by cultural heritage monitors was provided through the latter stages of the project as required.

The presence of a World War II airfield and remains of several historically recorded structures were also identified in the area surrounding the Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) project. The heritage values of these sites and artefacts were not impacted by the project works.

If you would like to provide feedback about the Cultural and Heritage assessment, you can do this through the online feedback form.

Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia rating 

The Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) project design phase underwent a thorough evaluation, aligning with the rigorous criteria set forth by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia. Remarkably, it attained the highest rating of ‘Leading’, surpassing the project's initial objective of achieving an ‘Excellent’ rating.

An assessment for the project’s construction phase (commonly referred to as the ‘As Built’ phase) is in progress and scheduled for a final rating in March 2024.  This evaluation will provide a comprehensive insight of the project’s sustainability and excellence. 

Townsville Ring Road (Stage 4) project

As part of the Townsville Ring Road (Stage 4) project completed in late 2016, the department engaged James Cook University to undertake a PhD research thesis on the conservation of the endangered Black-throated Finch under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

View the ’Understanding uncertainty to inform conservation: Tools to protect the endangered black-throated finch southern subspecies’ thesis.