Australian Government building a better, safer Kennedy Highway

Media Release


31 March 2015

Work will start this week to upgrade three kilometres of the Kennedy Highway near Ravenshoe, Queensland.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the road works are part of a $10.5 million investment in the Kennedy Highway by the Australian Government designed to deliver a faster and safer journey for motorists.

“Once the works are complete, the speed limit west of Cemetery Road will increase from 80 kilometres per hour to 100 kilometres per hour—significantly increasing freight productivity and saving locals travel time every day,” Mr Truss said.

“The project will also significantly widen the road—from 7.4 metres to 8 metres—providing a better buffer for drivers and making the highway a lot safer for anyone passing trucks on the highway.

“A key feature of the road works will be laying new bitumen along the three kilometre upgrade to strengthen the road surface.

“This will make the highway more durable and resistant to potholes for a longer period of time, giving motorists a safer surface to drive on and reducing ongoing maintenance costs.”

The upgrade is expected to be completed in August 2015. Earlier works as part of the Kennedy Highway package involved construction of a new bridge over Nettle Creek, which was opened to traffic in August 2014.