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The Coalition's commitment to upgrade Dalrymple Road



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JOINT PRESS RELEASE

THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION MR. EWEN JONES MHR, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR HERBERT

THE COALITION’S COMMITMENT TO UPGRADE DALRYMPLE ROAD

A Coalition government will invest in Townsville's infrastructure by providing $20 million towards a $40 million upgrade of Dalrymple Road.

The upgrade of Dalrymple Road will include a 450 metre two lane bridge and significant channelling works, including table drains and culverts to divert water during flooding.

Too often, Dalrymple Road is closed because of flooding from the Bohle River.

Dalrymple Road is a primary access route for commuter and commercial traffic travelling from the greater Northern Beaches and western growth corridor to Townsville CBD, airport and industrial areas - it is crucial to the future growth of Townsville.

This is the direct route to the CBD from the growing suburbs of Kalynda Chase and Greater Ascot. It is a vital link to schools and work for these growing suburbs.

The regular flooding of Dalrymple Road is a risk to residents and it’s an impediment to the growth of Townsville.

I acknowledge the work of Ewen in putting the persuasive case for this upgrade. Ewen Jones will deliver the modern roads that a regional city like Townsville should have.

In the 21st Century you don’t expect important roads to be shut for weeks on end because of regular flooding.

This projects stacks up. It is estimated that within eight years, traffic volume on the road is expected to increase by almost 50 per cent to 10,000 vehicles per day.

The Coalition is committed to giving Townsville the roads it needs to grow and expand. That is why we will partner with the Queensland Government to deliver an $8.5 billion upgrade the Bruce Highway over the next 10 years.

I want to be an infrastructure prime minister - and that includes upgrading Dalrymple Road and fixing the Bruce Highway.

Building the roads of the future for Townsville is part of our Real Solutions Plan to build a stronger Australia and a better future for all Australians.

31 August 2013