The freight, mining and agriculture industries will benefit from the completion of $25 million of upgrades to Queensland’s Flinders Highway according to the Federal Government.
25 kilometres of road has been strengthened under the National Highway Upgrade Programme Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.
That’s around three per cent of the total length of the highway that runs between Townsville and Cloncurry.
“These upgrades will improve safety and travel times from north-west Queensland to the east coast’s ports, airports and beyond, strengthening the region’s ability to get goods to market quicker,” Mr Chester said.
“A further $42 million has been committed by the Australian and Queensland Governments (80:20 funding) towards the Flinders Highway upgrades under the Northern Australia Roads Programme, which targets high-priority roads essential to the movement of people and freight in order to support the North’s development.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the upgrades will open the door for economic development in North Queensland.
“Five sections of the Flinders Highway have been upgraded: one between Julia Creek and Cloncurry, two between Richmond and Julia Creek, and two between Hughenden and Richmond,” Mr Bailey said.
“An average of 72 jobs were supported over the life of this project.”
The $25 million Flinders Highway pavement widening and strengthening under the Northern Highway Upgrade Programme is jointly funded (80 federal: 20 state) by the Australian and Queensland governments.