LNP will bust Thuringowa Drive bottleneck

The LNP has pledged to fix one of the biggest bottlenecks in Townsville if it wins the October 31 state election.

An average of more than 25,000 vehicles a day squeeze through two roundabouts and a pedestrian crossing on the stretch of Thuringowa Drive adjacent Kirwan State High School.

LNP Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin and LNP Candidate for Thuringowa Natalie Marr visited the site today to announce that an LNP Government would invest $4m to fix the road and improve traffic flow.

“This is one of the biggest road bottlenecks in Townsville and only an LNP Government will fix it,” Mr Minnikin said.

“Thuringowa Drive was not built to handle the volume of traffic that’s now using it and this investment is long overdue.

“Only Natalie Marr and the LNP have a plan to make this road better for drivers and safer for schoolkids.”

An LNP Government will work with expert traffic engineers to replace one of the existing roundabouts with a signalised intersection that improves traffic flow and allows pedestrians to cross safely.

Ms Marr said the stretch of road was a busy stop for school buses and was also used by emergency services vehicles from the adjacent police, fire and ambulance stations.  

“In one short stretch of road you’ve got kids crossing, buses stopping and traffic backing up in both directions,” Ms Marr said.

“It’s congested and it’s dangerous for students. On top of that, it’s sometimes hard for fire trucks and ambulances to get through all the traffic.

“Congestion is also a problem for local businesses, so this will give our economy a lift too.

“Labor had five years to act, but they’ve done nothing. Only the LNP will fix this bottleneck.”

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