Qld truckies set to benefit from road upgrade

Truck operators are expected to benefit significantly from new Townsville Ring Road project

Truck operators are expected to benefit significantly from the opening of the Townsville Ring Road in northern Queensland.

The $119 million project, which completes the National Highway link around Townsville, allows heavy vehicles to bypass the region’s metropolitan area.

Minister for Queensland Transport Craig Wallace says this will help the 12,000 heavy vehicles that travel on the route each day.

"By providing the vital infrastructure needed to enable heavy vehicles to bypass the Townsville metropolitan area, local congestion and connectivity will improve," Wallace says.

"The ring road will not only provide freight companies with a more efficient route around Townsville, it will also improve road safety and efficiency, shortening the travel time by 15 to 20 minutes".

Queensland Labor Senator Jan Lucas says the highway was built with future growth of the city in mind.

"The new highway route takes into account projected future urban growth and is designed to meet long term local and highway traffic needs," Lucas says.

"This project ensures the needs of the Townsville community are catered for well into the future".

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