Cunningham Highway improvements set to start

Media Release

DC006/2017

10 January 2017

Joint release with:

Scott Buchholz

Federal Member for Wright

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety
and Ports

  • Road rehabilitation works to begin between Mutdapilly and Warrill View
  • Project will maintain safety and efficiency of major freight route between Sydney and Brisbane
  • Works will make the highway more resistant to flooding

Road rehabilitation works worth $12.5 million funded under the National Highway Upgrade Programme will begin this week on the Cunningham Highway between Mutdapilly and Warrill View.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester recognised the importance of these upgrades in ensuring safety on the Cunningham Highway is maintained as a major freight corridor between Sydney and Brisbane.

“The project involves pavement reconstruction works for approximately three kilometres on the Cunningham Highway,” Mr Chester said.

“The end result will be a safer road environment and improved driver experience for all motorists and heavy vehicle users on this stretch of the highway,” Mr Chester said.

Acting Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Jackie Trad said the project, which will support 32 direct jobs, is expected to be completed mid-2017, weather permitting.

“The works will involve pavement rehabilitation to improve flood immunity and safety of the highway, as well as surface improvements through Warrill View,” Ms Trad said.

“Motorists can expect changed traffic conditions and minor delays while works are undertaken between 6am and 6pm on weekdays.

“I appreciate the community’s patience while we get on with these important works.”

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said once works are underway, it will include a focus on flood immunity and also improve the safety for the estimated 5,000 vehicles which use the Highway each day.

“This section of the Highway was extensively damaged during the major flooding activity in 2011. These works will provide better road infrastructure to further ensure this major route remains open in all weather conditions,” Mr Buchholz said.

The upgrade is funded through the Australian Government's National Highway Upgrade Programme, with the Australian Government contributing up to $10 million and the Queensland Government contributing $2.5 million.

For up-to-date traffic and travel information, check 13 19 40 or subscribe to the Cunningham Highway SMS service by visiting www.cunninghamhighwaysms.com.au/.