Major intersection upgrade to create 50 local jobs

Date published: 10 July 2018

Townsville City Council has awarded a $4.5 million contract to local construction firm Mendi to upgrade the Dalrymple Road and Greenview Drive intersection – which will create 50 local jobs.

Townsville City Council will upgrade the intersection to improve safety and traffic flow in the area.

The intersection upgrade includes the installation of new traffic lights, protected turning lanes, concrete medians and new bike lanes.

Acting Mayor Les Walker said 50 jobs will be created over the life of the project.

“Council recently delivered the biggest infrastructure budget in the city’s history and delivering these shovel-ready projects to create jobs for locals was a key priority,” Cr Walker said.

“More than $430 million is being invested in infrastructure projects right throughout Townsville and Council is focused on ensuring local businesses have the best chance possible of securing that work.

“We’re totally committed to improving the city’s road network right across the suburbs.

“These local road upgrades are essential projects to keep our city moving and create jobs for locals.”

Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the upgrade will begin tomorrow to cater for future growth in the area and improve safety for motorists.

“Traffic is already heavy around this intersection and it can be difficult – particularly for local residents – to turn in or out of Greenview Drive,” Cr Molachino said.

“This upgrade will improve safety for motorists and nearby residents, while improving traffic flow during peak hours when residents are commuting to work.

“Council has listened to the cycling community and these new bike lanes included in the project will greatly improve safety for cyclists.”

Local Councillor Russ Cook said he had campaigned for the Dalrymple Road and Greenview Drive intersection upgrade to be included in this year’s Budget.

“Motorists and locals have wanted this upgrade for a number of years and I’m proud to be part of a team of Councillors that will deliver this project to improve safety in the area,” Cr Cook said.

“This is something I have been fighting for since I was elected and as part of Council’s record infrastructure spend we will deliver this important intersection upgrade within six months.”

Improved drainage works are also included in the project. Works are expected to be completed in six months.