Cloncurry Bypass opens to traffic
12 June 2015
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Mayor of Cloncurry Shire Council
Industry productivity and road safety in north west Queensland has received a major boost, with Treasurer Joe Hockey today opening Andrew Daniels Drive, Cloncurry's $13 million Heavy Vehicle Bypass.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $8.2 million towards the bypass, which connects the Flinders Highway and the Barkly Highway.
“Cloncurry is in the heart of the North West Queensland Mineral Province, producing 80 per cent of Queensland's mineral wealth, and this bypass will provide a vital freight link between northern Australia and the east coast and beyond,” Mr Truss said.
“The Australian Government is investing a record $13.4 billion in building Queensland's future infrastructure, which will help drive economic growth, slash travel times and create thousands of jobs,” Mr Hockey said.
“The completion of this project here in Cloncurry is an example of our commitment to improve traffic safety and efficiency, with the bypass set to improve travel times for heavy vehicles and save fuel costs for industry.”
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government provided $4.82 million towards the upgrade.
“We recognise the importance of a safe and reliable road network for people who live and work in regional areas. Roads are the lifeblood for many communities in remote parts of Queensland, especially in the north west. This bypass will make a real difference for drivers of heavy vehicles, as well as residents and visitors to the region,” Mr Bailey said.
“As an added bonus, this project has delivered 15 direct jobs at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever.”
Mayor of Cloncurry Shire Council Andrew Daniels said around 4.6 kilometres of new road had been constructed, and T-intersection works at Railway Street and the Flinders Highway and a four way intersection at Sir Hudson Fysh Drive had been completed.
“I'll continue to work with, and advocate to, the Australian and Queensland Governments to develop northern Australia. The Cloncurry Heavy Vehicle Bypass is another step in that journey,” Cr Daniels said.