Kennedy Highway widening works completed near Ravenshoe

Media Release


17 September 2015

Joint release with:

Ian Macdonald

Senator for Queensland

A three kilometre stretch of the Kennedy Highway near Ravenshoe has been made safer for all motorists, with a $6 million upgrade project now complete.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project was fully funded by the Australian Government and involved the highway being widened from 7.4 to 8.5 metres.

“The Kennedy Highway is a very important alternative route during times of flooding, so this project will be appreciated by all motorists,” Mr Truss said.

Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald said the improvement works will benefit local commuters, business and tourists as well as road freight operators.

“These works have allowed the speed limit to be raised from 80 to 100 kilometres an hour, which will help reduce travel time and improve traffic flows through this section of highway,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This project follows the completion of a new $5 million bridge over Nettle Creek on the Kennedy Highway at Innot Hot Springs last year.

“Both works are good news for the thousands of motorists who use the Kennedy Highway every day, and as an added bonus, 18 jobs were supported throughout the life of this project.

“The completion of this work is further evidence the Australian Government is committed to the delivery of important infrastructure improvements to the people of Far North Queensland.”