Townsville motorists now have a safer and more streamlined road network with the newly improved William Angliss/Mervyn Crossman Drive intersection now reopened to traffic.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $3.6 million project in Annandale was fully funded by the Australian Government under the Roads to Recovery Programme.

“This is one of the city’s busiest intersections with 17,500 vehicles travelling between Stuart Drive and Mervyn Crossman Drive each day. Improving the traffic flow here means greater safety and less frustration for all drivers,” Mr Chester said.

“By widening sections of this road to four lanes we have significantly reduced traffic congestion and bottlenecks around this intersection. This is great news for commuters and even better news for freight operators moving goods within the region.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the Coalition’s focus on fixing regional roads and helping Councils fund vital upgrades was paying dividends for communities across the north.

“The Roads to Recovery Programme gives council’s certainty when they need to upgrade and repair local roads,” Mr Christensen said.

“That’s why we’ve committed $4.4 billion to 2020–21 under this programme to ensure our road network is in the best state possible.”

City of Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the upgrade would help ease congestion, provide drivers and pedestrians with safer connections, and improve connectivity to schools and the Murray Sporting Complex.

“This upgrade will go a long way towards improving traffic flow as well as boosting safety for the local community, schools, and supporting clubs who use the Complex,” Cr Hill said.

“The project commenced in February 2017, with works also including installation of traffic lights, a pedestrian crossing and raising the road height on the roundabout to mitigate against instances of flooding. The addition of a pedestrian crossing will improve local amenity and safety, while the road upgrades will improve driving conditions for motorists. I am delighted to see this upgrade finished.”

For further information regarding the Roads to Recovery Programme visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/r2r/

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