$500 Million Ring Road (Stage 1) Completed – Mackay

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Stage 1 of the $500 million Ring Road is now complete, with the final 31 tonne bearer on the deck placed into position on the Mackay Ring Road Overpass.

George Christensen, Federal Member for Dawson outlined that he was pleased to see Mackay receiving it share of projects from the Bruce Highway Upgrade Fund (BHUP).

“With the completion of the overpass at Ooralea, this project is progressing well and is on track to be completed in late 2020” he said.



Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure, and Regional Development outlined how safety and accessibility will be improved with the project.

“The 11.3 kilometre bypass will provide an alternative route for freight and traffic to improve accessibility and safety of urban sections of the Bruce Highway.” he said.

Mark Bailey, Minister Queensland Transport and Main Roads outlined than more than 1,200 local workers have been inducted on the project to-date.

“This is about cutting congestion, creating new opportunities and generating local jobs for Mackay”.

“It’s concrete evidence of the Queensland Government’s $1.3 billion roads and transport budget for the region, with the Walkerston Bypass not too far behind.” Mr Bailey said.

Stage 1 Project Details
– 11.3km highway diversion traffic from the Bruce Highway at Stockroute Road (west of Mackay)
– Connection of the new highway to the Bald Hill Road intersection (north of Mackay)
– 13 bridge structures
– Two underpasses for local traffic
– Two dual lane roundabouts.

 

Stage 1 Benefits
– Improve safety and road network connectivity
– Reduce travel time by avoiding 10 signalised intersections
– Increase freight efficiencies
– Remove heavy vehicle traffic from Nebo Road
– Inrroduce a new river crossing over the Pioneer River
– Have speed limits of 80km/h and 100km/h (compared to a 60km/h urban network)
– Pave the way for the first 2.6 km of the Walkerston Bypass
– Connect to the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project.

George Christensen, Federal Member for Dawson said it fantastic to see Mackay receiving its fair share of projects from the jointly funded $12.6 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program (the BHUP).

“Mackay is a thriving, growing and attractive place to live and visit and it is great projects such as this are not only going to help current but future demand.”

“With the completion of the overpass at Ooralea, this project is progressing well and is on track to be completed in late 2020.” Mr Christensen said.

State Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said once complete, the Mackay Ring Road would mark the return of Nebo Road to the community and local businesses, with local traffic no longer having to compete with trucks and other heavy vehicles.

“Primary producers and truckies don’t want to deal with 10 sets of lights, and locals are sick of hearing trucks barrel down during the dead of night,” 

“Thanks to projects such as this, we’re paving the way for a better city, supporting local industry and creating more than 1,000 jobs in the process.” Mrs Gilbert said.



Crews will now start progress on the overpass’ on and off-ramps and upgrades to the Peak Downs Highway between Horse, Jockey and Sextons Roads.

The nearly $500 million project is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing up to nearly $400 million and the Queensland Government chipping in approx. $100 million.

Timeframe
– planning 2011–2013
– design of Stage 1 2014–2017
– commenced in mid-2017
– completed by late 2019

 

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Media Release: New Mackay overpass puts ring road on home stretch
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