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Douglas arterial duplication: job done early & under-budget

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Douglas Arterial Duplication: Job Done Early & Under-Budget Media Release AA144/2012 10 July 2012

The duplication of Townsville’s Douglas Arterial from two to four lanes between University Road and Upper Ross River Road has been completed 12 months earlier than originally planned and more than ten per cent under-budget.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese was in town today to celebrate the occasion and officially commission the newly upgraded road.

“As the Federal Infrastructure Minister, I have had the privilege of seeing this multi-million dollar project through from beginning to end,” said Mr Albanese.

“Indeed, so determined to rebuild this vital road as quickly as possible and fulfil the commitment we made prior to being elected in 2007, we brought forward funding in our highly successful Economic Stimulus Plan. When it comes to infrastructure, Federal Labor believes in what it says and does what it promises.

“Importantly, the Douglas Arterial Duplication is only one part of the record $420 million we’re investing in the City’s road network through our Nation Building Program, with a large proportion of the funding coming from our new mining tax.”

Upgraded with funding from both the Federal ($55 million) and Queensland ($55 million) governments, the Douglas Arterial forms part of the Townsville Ring Road, with construction of its fourth and final section expected to start in early 2014 and will take two years to complete.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the duplication is already delivering safer, quicker and less frustrating driving conditions for the up to 28,000 motorists and truck drivers which use it every day.

“In fact this upgrade couldn’t come soon enough, with traffic volumes along this 5.3 kilometre section of Townsville’s road network having risen by as much as 8,000 vehicles a day in just the last three years,” said Mr Emerson.

“As well as easing localised congestion, the new, improved Douglas Arterial will also take more trucks off local residential streets and away from the City’s central business district as well as better support the region’s long term growth.”

Media Contacts

{ For Mr Emerson—Andrew Berkman—0429 128 637

Joint release with: Scott Emerson

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister

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