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Fast facts

Northern district map 
Map of Queensland with Northern District highlighted 
Area covered

80,036km2

Population of Queensland

4.72%

Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles www.qgso.qld.gov.au, April 2020

1,661km

State-controlled roads*

521km

National Land Transport Network*

264,211

Vehicle and machinery inspections

49

Boating infrastructures

18

Community safety events held

4,221

Vehicle safety inspections completed

218

Bridges**

5,635

Drivers licence tests conducted

164,566

Customer face-to-face interaction

156

Priority enabled intersection

Data source: *A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 30 June 2020
Data source: **Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2020

Highlights

  • Continued construction of the Haughton River Floodplain upgrade project on the Bruce Highway between Horseshoe Lagoon and Palm Creek, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Continued pavement widening and safety improvements on the Bruce Highway between Mailman Road and Mackenzie Creek, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Continued pavement widening on the Bruce Highway (Townsville–Ingham) between Deep Creek and Bluewater Creek (north of Townsville), jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Continued intersection upgrades on the Bruce Highway (Townsville–Ingham) at the intersection of Bluewater Station Road, and the intersection of Forestry Road and Toolakea Beach Road (north of Townsville), jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Continued safety improvements on the Bruce Highway (Townsville–Ingham) between Two Mile Creek and Sleeper Log Creek (north Townsville), funded by the Australian Government.

Townsville Ring Road Stage 5

This $230 million project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, will duplicate the remaining six kilometre two-lane section of the Townsville Ring Road between Vickers Bridge and Shaw Road. It also provides a new connection between the Ring Road and Beck Drive, which links to the Upper Ross area.

During 2019–20, the department shortlisted two preferred tenderers in preparation for awarding a design and construct contract in August 2020. Construction is expected to start by mid-2021.

Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 will deliver improved efficiency, reliability and safety for freight and passenger vehicles on the Bruce Highway through Townsville and will ease congestion on the surrounding road network. It will also improve local connectivity to important employment hubs and essential services in Townsville, including Lavarack Barracks, James Cook University, and the Townsville Hospital.

Haughton River Floodplain upgrade project

Throughout 2019–20 construction progressed on the Bruce Highway–Haughton River Floodplain upgrade project, approximately 50 kilometres south of Townsville. 

The package of safety and flood resilience upgrades will see:

  • the construction of five bridges
  • two overpasses of open-level cane train crossings
  • a series of intersection upgrades
  • 13.5 kilometres of pavement upgrades (including the installation of wide centre line treatments). 

Works continue to progress since construction started in April 2019. These works include:

  • wider and higher bridges at Horseshoe Lagoon, Haughton River, and Pink Lily Lagoon 
  • new crossings at Healey's Lagoon and Ironbark Creek
  • new overpasses at Upper Haughton-Hodel Road and Shirbourne Road will improve safety by eliminating interactions between cane trains and highway traffic
  • laying the first section of realigned Bruce Highway pavement.

Safety upgrades at local road intersections with the Bruce Highway have commenced with work underway to extend Sarri Road and realign the Woodstock Giru Road intersection.

The upgrades will greatly improve safety and flood resilience, reducing the likelihood of severe weather-related closures. 

The $514.3 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments and is due to be completed in mid-2021, weather and construction conditions permitting. 

Bruce Highway – Mailman Road to Mackenzie Creek project

Throughout 2019–20, construction continued on the Bruce Highway safety upgrades between Mailman Road and Mackenzie Creek, approximately 40 kilometres south of Townsville. 

The package of safety upgrades includes:

  • constructing three overtaking lanes
  • upgrading the Bruce Highway intersection with Cromarty Siding Road
  • property access improvements
  • 11 kilometres of pavement widening to accommodate wide centre line treatments. 

Since construction started in June 2019, works have been completed at three of the six project sites, between Mailman Road and the St Margaret Creek bridge, and overtaking lanes in each direction have opened to traffic. Works are ongoing between the St Margaret Creek bridge and Mackenzie Creek bridge, including a further overtaking lane, intersection upgrade, and pavement widening. 

Upgrades to the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Cromarty Siding Road will greatly improve safety with the installation of dedicated turning lanes in each direction, wider road shoulders, and reprofiling of highway approaches to improve visibility of turning traffic. 

The $43 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments and is due for completion in late 2020, weather permitting. 

Bruce Highway – Deep Creek to Sleeper Log Creek project

Throughout 2019–20, widening and intersection upgrade works progressed on the Bruce Highway – Deep Creek to Sleeper Log Creek project.

The project will deliver vital road safety improvements on the Bruce Highway, at Bluewater, between Townsville and Ingham, enhancing visibility, accessibility and safety for local and highway motorists.

In early 2020, safety works were completed at three Bruce Highway intersections (Bluewater Station Road, Forestry Road, and Bluewater Drive), and the new Toolakea Beach Road intersection was opened to traffic. 

Works to widen three kilometres of pavement and install wide centre line treatment between Deep Creek and Bluewater Creek were completed, along with the installation of an additional southbound overtaking lane between Two Mile Creek and Sleeper Log Creek.

These safety upgrades will help to reduce unsafe manoeuvres drivers sometimes take when passing slower vehicles, particularly large trucks, and the risk of head-on collisions. 

The $22.1 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments and is due for completion in August 2020, weather permitting.