Townsville Ring Road

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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 main road. The First Stage, The Douglas Arterial Road, opened in April 2005.[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.

Stage Two and Three[edit]

On the 24 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 was 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.[2]

Stages two and three were completed in April 2009.

Stages of the Ring Road[edit]

Completed

  • Douglas Arterial Road
    • - 2-lane Road (duplicated to 4 lanes as of 2012)
    • - Single Carriageway
    • - 100 km/h speed limit.[3]
  • Condon Bypass
    • - 2-lane Road
    • - Single Carriageway
    • - 100 km/h speed limit.[4]
  • Shaws Road Extension
    • - 2-lane Road
    • - Single Carriageway
    • - 100 km/h speed limit.[5]

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 Standard
    • - 100 km/h speed limit.[6]

See also[edit]

Australian roads portal

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