Drivers, including those operating freight vehicles, will soon benefit from improved infrastructure on a number of Queensland highways, which are a 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 $49.3 million of the allocation is specifically being put toward infrastructure for freight vehicles operating in the state’s major resource and agriculture regions.
“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 programme will see mostly see improvements to the New England, Flinders, Landsborough and Cunningham highways.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the works on the New England Highway include a “further overtaking lane, pavement widening works and intersection upgrades”.
“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.