Contractor announced for Peak Downs Highway Safety Works project

Media Release


07 January 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

Construction will start shortly on the major works to reconstruct the Eton Range section of the Peak Downs Highway between Nebo and Mackay.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced today that Fulton Hogan has been chosen as the successful tenderer for the project.

“The works will provide an upgraded crossing of Eton Range that will improve the safety and operational efficiency of the Peak Downs Highway between Nebo and Mackay,” Mr Truss said.

“Over 4,000 vehicles, including around 800 heavy vehicles, travel through the Eton Range each day.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the realignment would result in quicker and safer trips for freight vehicles and motorists using the route.

“The separation of the carriageways and additional lanes will reduce delays for motorists,” Mr Bailey said.

“The addition of extra lanes will also avoid the need to close the range for wide loads and improve safety for all drivers with a reduced likelihood of accidents on the Eton Range”.

“The Palaszczuk Government is pleased to be delivering this upgrade, which will support approximately 295 jobs over the life of the project, expected to be completed by late 2018.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the highway is the only designated B-double route from Mackay west to the Northern Bowen Basin.

“The highway provides a vital link for the mining, grazing and agricultural industries in the area,” Ms Landry said.

“The project involves the construction of two dual-lane carriageways of approximately 3.5 kilometres in length that will substantially reduce delays caused by slow-moving vehicles”.

“It will also eliminate the straight-line approach to the highway's steep downwards gradient and provide flatter grades, larger radius curves and additional lanes, therefore making this stretch of road safer for all motorists.”

The $166.17 million Peak Downs Highway Safety Works project is being fully funded by the Australian Government with the Queensland Government committed to meeting any project costs in excess of that amount.

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