Horseshoe Bay Road Rehabilitation and Guardrails

Investment$9 million
Goal4. A sustainable destination that embraces and participates in the arts, sports and events and recreational activities.
Strategic PurposeTo improve road user safety along Horseshoe Bay Road.
StatusStage 1 & 2 complete. Stage 3 commenced in mid-2023.

Townsville City Council is improving road safety along Horseshoe Bay Road on Magnetic Island.

Stage 1 and 2

The upgrade of 4km of road from Olympus Crescent in Arcadia to Pacific Drive in Horseshoe Bay. Improvements include approximately 4km of pavement repairs and asphalt resurfacing, installation of approximately 1.6km of new guardrail, new safety signage including vehicle-activated warning signs, pavement marking, some kerb and channel installation, footpath upgrades and minor drainage works.

Construction commenced Monday 30 May 2022 and was completed in mid-December 2022.

Stage 3

A further 540m of road upgrades consisting of pavement sealing and repairs from Marine Parade to Olympus Crescent, and road reconstruction and stormwater upgrades into Hayles Avenue to Cook Road. Improvements will include asphalt repairs and resurfacing, underground stormwater improvements, pavement marking, improved bus stop amenity, kerb and channel installation, and footpath upgrades.

However, recent cancellations by local commercial barge operators due to the approaching Tropical Cyclone Jasper have affected our ability to complete the asphalting work along Marine Parade, Armand Way, and Hayles Avenue.

Barge services have recommenced, and our priority is to complete asphalting as soon as possible to seal these busy roads before the Christmas holiday and further wet season weather. To minimise the disruption this delay may cause, Council aims to complete these activities between Saturday 16 December and Wednesday 20 December 2023, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 6am to 6pm and include work on Sunday.

During construction, traffic management and lane closures will cause traffic delays. Island residents and visitors are encouraged to allow for extra travel time. Flashing lights, dust and noise may be associated with these activities.

BMD Constructions, a local contractor, is delivering this project on Council's behalf and will continue to update the Island community as these works progress. BMD will take a break from Friday 22 December 2023, and recommence work on Monday 8 January 2024.

Work in the new year will include installing associated safety signage, line marking, and minor concrete pours. Council expects this project to be complete by March 2024, weather permitting.

This $9 million project is funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments, with the Queensland Government contributing $7 million under the Local Road Network Capital Grants Program and the Australian Government contributing $2 million under the Black Spot Program.

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Proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Local Road Network Capital Grants Program in association with Townsville City Council, and the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program.