Mackay Ring Rd in business after official launch
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said freight, industry and local motorists would all benefit.
“The 11.3km Ring Road connects the south of Mackay at Stockroute Rd roundabout to the Bruce Highway, north of Mackay near Bald Hill Rd,” she said.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the ring road’s nine overpasses and four bridges were game-changers that would transform how critical freight and the sugar city’s 116,000-strong community travelled.
“This is a cornerstone project for Mackay built by Mackay,” Mr Bailey said.
“More than 80 per cent of people involved in this project were from this region – that includes builders, suppliers, landscapers, engineers and traffic workers.
“Every one of them played a role in creating a project that will link the region’s $17.4 billion economy to its port, Queensland and the world.
“Their work here paves the way for the region’s next wave of road projects like the $120 million Mackay Northern Access upgrade, Walkerston Bypass and port access road: a $1 billion pipeline of road projects that’ll support another 1000 jobs.
“Already the first 2.6km of the Walkerston bypass have now been delivered as part of this project, and we are ramping up deliver the rest.”
The four new bridges included in the ring road project will be named the Greg Sutherland Bridge, the Thomas Powell Bridge, the William and Frank Guthrie Bridge and the Margaret Insch Bridge.
The Bruce Highway – Mackay Ring Road project was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($397.9 million) and the Queensland Government ($99.4 million).