Budget Brings Road Upgrades to the West

Over $800 million has been earmarked in the State Budget for Western Queensland roadworks.

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The Government is also committed to continue its state/local government Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme with the Budget outlining a $280 million spend over four years to the 50:50 split.

Key investments for the west in the 2018-19 Budget include:
• $50 million Kennedy Developmental Road (Hann Highway), The Lynd – Hughenden, for progressive sealing, including $13 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded)
• $25 million Landsborough Highway (Longreach – Winton), Dingo Creek – Darr River, pavement strengthening and widening, including $6.4 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded)
• $16.5 million Carnarvon Highway, St George – Surat, pavement widening, including $8.7 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded).
• $8.7 million Clermont – Alpha Road, pave and seal, including $6 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded)
• $6.2 million Barkly Highway (Cloncurry – Mount Isa), intersection upgrades, including $4 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded).
• $6 million Wills Developmental Road (Julia Creek – Burketown), Beames Brook Bridge, new two-lane concrete bridge, including $4.8 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded)
• $5 million Diamantina Developmental Road (Boulia – Dajarra), pavement rehabilitation and widening, including $4.2 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded)
• $5 million for priority road works across western Queensland in 2018-19 as a supplement to the Western Roads

Upgrade Package, which has already invested $40 million over 2 years improving local infrastructure and supporting local jobs.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says Western Queensland is a key contributor to the Queensland economy, particularly for our agriculture, natural resources and tourism sectors.

He says the funding is a gateway to the region’s economic development over the next four years.