The first sod has been turned and major construction works are now underway on the $35 million Riverway Drive duplication between Gollogly and Allambie Lane.
“The start of construction means local workers getting on site, with an average of 82 jobs supported over the life of the project,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that locals might already have seen some pre-construction activities ramping up. Mr Bailey also said that TMR has been working with BMD Constructions – who will be delivering the project – to finalise construction plans, organise the local crew as well as procure materials and equipment.
“The duplication of the three kilometre section of Riverway Drive will improve traffic flow and travel times, particularly benefitting those driving in peak hours.
“It will also improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, incorporating new and upgraded signalised intersections; projected turning lanes; pedestrian crossings and refuges; centre medians; new bus stops and shelters; and upgraded street lighting,” Mr Bailey said.
Riverway Drive duplication map (source: Department of Transport and Main Roads)
According to Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke, upgrading local roads created jobs during construction as well as long-term benefits for the region.
“We know that roads are so important to keeping regional Queensland moving.
“This upgrade means jobs for locals now and more opportunities for tourism and trade down the track, which is a win-win for our community,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
The Riverway Drive duplication project will deliver:
- Dual lanes of traffic in each direction between Gollogly Lane and Allambie Lane
- Centre medians to divide the road
- Protected turning lanes
- New and upgraded signalised intersections
- Pedestrian crossings and refuges
- New bus stops and shelters
- Street light upgrade
Construction is expected to be completed in late 2018.
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