Monies are about to start flowing from a major roadworks on the Peak Downs Highway between Nebo and Mackay.
Fulton Hogan has been chosen as the successful tenderer for the reconstruction project on the Eton Range. It is part of the $166.17 million Peak Downs Highway Safety Works.
“Over 4000 vehicles, including around 800 heavy vehicles, travel through the Eton Range each day,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said.
Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the realignment would result in quicker and safer trips for freight vehicles and motorists using the route.
“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,” he said.
The highway was the only designated B-double route from Mackay west to the northern Bowen Basin, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said.
“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 3.5km 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.”