Work to streamline the entry to Townsville Airport and reduce congestion on surrounding residential streets has started, following the awarding of the contract to local company Shamrock Civil.

The project involves the extension of Meenan Street to meet John Melton Black Drive, which will become the main entry and exit point to the airport – significantly improving traffic flow in the area.

By joining Meenan Street with John Melton Black Drive, airport users will have a more direct, appropriate and attractive entry into Townsville Airport.

Landscaping will be carried out along the road, providing an attractive avenue to welcome passengers to the airport.

Drainage works will also be undertaken, improving the existing run-off capability of the land directly behind homes backing onto the Meenan Street reserve.

Work started in October 2019 and the project is expected to be complete by May 2020.

Funding for the project is being delivered by Townsville Airport and through the Australian Government’s Building Better Region’s fund, which Townsville City Council applied for.