Townsville Ring Road


Townsville Ring Road

The Townsville Ring Road, is the future A1/M1 (Bruce Highway) Route that will eventually bypass the inner metro area of Townsville, Australia. The road will be built in 4 stages with the first three stages built as a two-laned motorway. The First Stage, The Douglas Arterial Road, opened in April 2005. [http://www.mainroads.qld.gov.au/MRWEB/Prod/Content.nsf/DOCINDEX/Hervey+Range+Road?OpenDocument| Mainroads info page 1] ] The fourth stage involves four laning of the first three stages of the project and an additional four-lane link between the third stage to the Bruce Highway to the north-west of Townsville.

tage Two and Three

On the 24th October, 2006, Surveying for the Hervey's Range Road Interchange had started, with construction on the interchange commencing during April 2007. Completion on the next two stages of the project is expected for mid/late-2008. Once these stages are complete, the road will officially be designated as the (A1) or National Highway 1 at the moment of opening, and in the long-term (after 2015), after duplication of the entire project (including construction of the Bohle plains Extension), the road will be designated as the M1. [ [http://www.mainroads.qld.gov.au/MRWEB/PROD/Content.nsf/DOCINDEX/The+Ring+Road+Sections+2+and+3+(Shaw+Road+and+Condon+Sections)?OpenDocument| Mainroads info page 2] ]

Stages two and three are ahead of schedule and is expected to be complete by the 31st of December, 2008.

Stages of the Ring Road

Completed
*Douglas Arterial Road
**- 2-lane Road
**- Single Carriageway Motorway Standard
**- 100km/h speed limit. [ [http://www.mainroads.qld.gov.au/MRWEB/PROD/Content.nsf/2911b5cc11cfec994a2569e60005f0b3/e536f247def78cb44a257037007aa177?OpenDocument| Mainroads project page] ]

Under Construction
* Condon Bypass (construction on track for late 2006 - late 2008)
**- 2-lane Road
**- Single Carriageway Motorway Standard
**- 100km/h speed limit. [ [http://www.mainroads.qld.gov.au/MRWEB/PROD/Content.nsf/DOCINDEX/The+Ring+Road+Sections+2+and+3+(Shaw+Road+and+Condon+Sections)?OpenDocument| Mainroads Ringroad Sections 2 and 3] ]

* Shaws Road Extension (construction on track for late 2006 - late 2008)
**- 2-lane Road
**- Single Carriageway Motorway Standard
**- 100km/h speed limit. [ [http://www.mainroads.qld.gov.au/MRWEB/PROD/Content.nsf/DOCINDEX/The+Ring+Road+Sections+2+and+3+(Shaw+Road+and+Condon+Sections)?OpenDocument| Mainroads Page] ]

Proposed
* Bohle Plains Extension, plus duplication of Douglas Arterial Road and other 2 stages (construction planned for 2011 or 2015)
**- 4-Lane Motorway Road (Specific section)
**- Duplication of the first three stages to 4-lane Motorway
**- 100km/h speed limit. [ [http://www.mainroads.qld.gov.au/MRWEB/PROD/Content.nsf/DOCINDEX/The+Ring+Road+Sections+2+and+3+(Shaw+Road+and+Condon+Sections)?OpenDocument| Mainroads Ringroad site] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.mainroads.qld.gov.au/MRWEB/PROD/Content.nsf/DOCINDEX/The+Ring+Road+Sections+2+and+3+(Shaw+Road+and+Condon+Sections)?OpenDocument| Ring Road Project site]


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