Townsville Ring Road Stage 4 – The final stage of the Townsville Ring Road is an 11.5km section that will connect the existing Ring Road at Kalynda Chase with the northern suburbs of Townsville. The project will provide four lanes of motorway standard highway improving travel times, flood immunity and congestion.
The project includes construction of a four lane median divide motorway crossing the Bohle plains – with new bridges over Saunders Creek and Stony Creek as well as road overpasses at Shaw Rd off ramp, Dalrymple Road extension and Geaney lane. The project scope includes:
- Construction of two lanes each way with provision for a future four lane upgrade
- Design and construction of bridges over Stony Creeks to improve flood immunity.
- Construction of new motorway overpasses to improve safety and ramp accessibility
- Construction of pedestrian and cycle facilities.
- Construction of intersections to link with Dalrymple Rd, Mount Low Parkway and Veales Rd.
- Installation of new street lighting
- Construction of noise walls
- Construction of drainage and subsurface drainage
- Construction of ancillary works, including safety barriers and new kerbs
- Revegetation and landscaping of exposed new works and of areas disturbed by construction activities.
With major works commencing in the first quarter of 2015, the project was originally expected to be completed by mid- 2017. As a result of exceptional planning and execution of the works by Seymour Whyte, an excellent working relationship with the client and a drier than expected wet season, the project is now 6 months ahead of schedule and will be completed in January 2017.
This has been achieved despite substantial delays to the precast supply. In total delivery dates for deck units and girders were approx. 200 days late. This necessitated constant scheduling and resourcing adjustments to mitigate the delays.