$61.6 million to upgrade Queensland highways
30 March 2015
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Improvements to the New England, Flinders, Landsborough and Cunningham highways will be delivered as part of the Australian Government's $229 million National Highway Upgrade Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the funding is to improve key arteries on the national highway network in Queensland.
“This programme will fund much-needed upgrading works around Australia such as additional overtaking lanes, road widening, intersection upgrades and pavement reconstruction,” Mr Truss said.
“The Australian Government is allocating $49.3 million through our National Highway Upgrade programme to improve infrastructure for freight vehicles operating in the state's major resource and agricultural regions, resulting in greater productivity and economic growth.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the state's funding of $12.3 million would assist in boosting safety while improving the quality of major roads to make life easier for all motorists around the State.
“Works to be delivered on the New England Highway include the provision of a further overtaking lane, pavement widening works and intersection upgrades,” Mr Bailey said.
“Drivers on the Flinders Highway between Hughenden and Cloncurry will benefit from pavement widening and strengthening, while the Landsborough Highway will be upgraded between Morven and Kynuna. There will also be pavement rehabilitation on the Cunningham Highway between Mutdapilly and Warrill View.”
“As an added bonus, all of these works will create jobs for local road workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” he said.
Construction on projects funded under the National Highway Upgrade Programme is expected to commence in 2015–16.
The Australian Government is providing $49.3 million through the National Highway Upgrade Programme to projects in Queensland, with the State Government to contribute $12.3 million.