A major upgrade of Mount Isa intersections will start this month.
Nine intersections on the Barkly Highway, from Abel Smith Parade to Camooweal St, will receive safety upgrades costing $8.3 million under the jointly funded Northern Australia Roads Program.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the NARP identified high-priority road upgrades to support economic development.
“The Barkly Highway is a crucial economic route for not only Queensland but Australia, transporting significant resources from the mining, agricultural and logistics industries in north-west Queensland to the export ports, domestic markets and freight routes along the Queensland coast,” Mr McCormack said.
“The upgrades will enable safer interactions for local traffic, and also improve urban amenity and connectivity.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said the intersections to be upgraded had a concerning crash history.
“This project will improve safety for all road users, including heavy vehicles, general traffic, tourist vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians,” Mr Bailey said
“These upgrades will make a substantial improvement to the Mount Isa road network and are an important part of our plans to improve 20 Mount Isa intersections by 2020.”
Minister for Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, said an average of 25 direct jobs would be supported over the life of the project.
BMD Constructions Pty Ltd has been awarded the construction contract and work is expected to be completed by December.
The intersection upgrades are jointly funded, with 80 per cent of the money from the Federal Government and 20 per cent from the State Government.