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Bruce Highway – Townsville Ring Road – Section 4 (Shaw Road to Mount Low)

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2015 - Late 2016
Estimated Project Cost:$200,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$160,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Townsville City Council
Corridor:Brisbane - Cairns

Project Description

The project involved the construction of the final section of the Townsville Ring Road, between Shaw Road and Mount Low through the Bohle Plains. It connected Sections 2 and 3 of the Ring Road with the Bruce Highway north of the Mount Low Parkway intersection and involved:

  • Construction of 10 kilometres of duplicated highway, from the existing Sections 2 and 3 of the Ring Road to the Bruce Highway at the Mt Low Parkway and Veales Road Intersection;
  • New bridges over Saunders and Stony Creeks;
  • Grade separated interchanges at the northern and southern extents of Section 4, and at Dalrymple Road; and
  • New pedestrian and cycling facilities.


The Ring Road will improve the reliability and connectivity of traffic through Townsville, improve safety through separating carriageways and new grade separated interchanges and provide a bypass for freight and port related traffic to and from the north. 

The Ring Road will cater to future capacity growth in the Townsville region by providing improved flood immunity and supporting the region’s economic growth which will improve the reliability and connectivity of the Bruce Highway through the Townsville region.


The Australian Government committed up to $160 million towards the project in partnership with the Queensland Government.


Construction commenced in March 2015 and was completed December 2016.

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Project details last updated: 1/08/2018