Construction jobs in Queensland are set to benefit from the National Highway Upgrade Programme, with several large-scale projects planned in the state.
The $229 million initiative is designed to optimise major roads across the country, including renovations for the New England, Flinders, Cunningham and Landsborough highways.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey claimed the changes will enhance driver safety and improve the quality of key transport networks throughout the state.
“As an added bonus, all of these works will create jobs for local road workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” he explained.
This could also provide a boost for apprenticeships in Queensland, as the state’s building industry continues to show signs of improvement for anyone considering trades qualifications.
Queensland will provide $12.3 million for the roadworks, while $49.3 million has been awarded through the National Highway Upgrade Programme.
Construction on the projects is scheduled to begin this financial year, with Mr Bailey stating it will make life better for all motorists in the state.
“Works to be delivered on the New England Highway include the provision of a further overtaking lane, pavement widening works and intersection upgrades,” he said.
“Drivers on the Flinders Highway between Hughenden and Cloncurry will benefit from pavement widening and strengthening, while the Landsborough Highway will be upgraded between Morven and Kynuna.”
Cunningham Highway will also receive pavement improvements between between Mutdapilly and Warrill View.
Truss praises Queensland funding
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the National Highway Upgrade Programme will provide crucial investment for Queensland’s key transport arteries.
“This programme will fund much-needed upgrading works around Australia such as additional overtaking lanes, road widening, intersection upgrades and pavement reconstruction,” he stated.
According to Mr Truss, the projects will also offer important economic advantages and boost productivity for Queensland’s freight carriers, particularly those operating in mining and agricultural areas.
The new funding follows the recent announcement that Queensland would receive $14.4 million from the federal government as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.
Mr Truss and Mr Bailey unveiled the scheme in March, with the Queensland government matching the Commonwealth’s funding for five key road upgrades.
“A smoother, more efficient freight network is crucial to Queensland’s economy. It underpins economic growth and jobs for the future,” Mr Bailey said at the time.
By Leanne Macnamara, Public Affairs Coordinator