Jun 13, 2017

Transport projects take $4b slice of Budget pie

Transport projects take $4b slice of Budget pie

The State Government plans to invest $4.32 billion in public transport and roads in the 2017-18 financial year.

This will be part of a Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) spend of close to $21 billion over the next four years and represents record road and transport infrastructure funding for the second year in a row, it says.

Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey said today’s Budget showed the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to key infrastructure projects across the state including Bruce Highway upgrades, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, and the Cape York Regional Package.

“With the significant impacts from Cyclone Debbie felt earlier this year, funding of $105 million has been allocated in 2017-18 to undertake restoration works to the transport network across Queensland,” he said.

“We continue to support the Northern Australian Roads Program and Northern Australia Beefs Roads Program to deliver high priority projects to support the economic development in Northern Queensland.

“This is on top of funding for Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1), realignment of the Peak Downs Highway at Eton Range, and upgrading of timber bridges on the Dawson Highway.”

He said also the Palaszczuk Government was committing $280 million over four years to the 50:50 state/local government Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.

 

2017-18 QTRIP Major Projects:

  • $252.5m towards the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, totalling $1.6b
  • $105m to undertake restoration works under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements
  • $70m towards construction of Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1), total estimated $497.8m
  • $44.4m to duplicate the Warrego Highway, Charlton to Kingsthorpe, totalling $160m
  • $5m towards duplicating the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere, totalling $75m
  • $500,000 to continue preliminary design of the $150m Walkerston Bypass, on the Peak Downs Highway west of Mackay
  • $16m to seal sections of the Kennedy Developmental Road between Hughenden and The Lynd, totalling $50m
  • $16.3m to replace the bridge and approaches for flood immunity at Cape River on the Gregory Developmental Road, totalling $34.6m
  •  $16.8m to replace timber bridges on the Dawson Highway, totalling $40m under the State Infrastructure Fund
  • $39.1m to continue upgrades to Peninsula Developmental Road as part of the $260.5m Cape York Regional Package
  • $236.3m towards the Gateway Motorway North six laning, totalling $1.143b
  • $233.5m to deliver Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2, totalling $420m
  • $120m to duplicate Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway, totalling $929.3m
  • $36m to construct additional lanes on Stage 1 of the Ipswich Motorway, Rocklea to Darra, totalling $400m
  • $39.7m to complete upgrading of various Gold Coast roads in preparation for Commonwealth Games, totalling $160.7m
  • $18.6m to construct additional lanes on the Pacific Motorway between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes
  • $10m to upgrade the Pacific Motorway/Gateway Motorway merge
  • $14.4m upgrade of the Helensvale Bus Facility
  • $4m towards the $20m Mount Lindesay Highway upgrades between Browns Plains and Beaudesert, with a further $20m state funding committed to widen the highway to four lanes between Rosia Road and Stoney Camp Road in QTRIP.

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