Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester was onsite to help get work underway on the project, which is being delivered under the $600 million Northern Australia Roads Programme.
“These works are a prime example of the Australian Government improving key roads essential to the movement of people and freight in the north, which contributes almost 12 per cent of the value of our national economy.”
“This is the type of investment that will help us leverage every opportunity that presents itself in coming years, with the Flinders Highway being a nationally significant link for mining and agriculture freight between the Port of Townsville and the Mount Isa–Townsville Economic Zone.”
An average of 65 direct jobs will be supported over the life of this project, which begins this week and is expected to be complete by June 2019, weather permitting.
This project will also improve the highway’s reliability and flood immunity by allowing water to flow safely under the roadway.
The Australian Government has committed up to $20 million to the Flinders Highway (Charters Towers – Richmond) Culvert Upgrades, with the Queensland Government to fund the remaining $5 million.