A suite of safety works on Queensland’s Carnavon Highway has been completed, under Round Five of the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
The upgrades were rolled out along a 450km stretch of the highway between St George, Surat, Injune and Rolleston.
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the completion of the works marks a major milestone for users of the highway—a major inland freight route alternative to the Bruce Highway.
“The $28.54 million worth of upgrades to this key freight route have delivered a wider and safer two-lane highway,” Mr McCormack said.
“The improvements are in line with Australian Government’s commitment to delivering projects that improve the productivity and safety of heavy vehicle operations in this area of Queensland.”
The $28.54 million safety upgrades were jointly funded by the Federal and Queensland Governments on a 50:50 basis.
Each government has committed a further $3.64 million towards additional improvements on the Carnarvon Highway at Upper Dawson and St George, under Round Six of the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
The upgrades were aimed at widening roads to make freight transport safer more efficient.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said, “Between St George and Surat, sections of the road have been widened to 9m, with a further 16km of highway between Injune and Rolleston widened to 10m.”
Queensland Minister Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner, said a safer, more efficient Carnarvon Highway would help boost Queensland’s export productivity.
“The Carnarvon Highway is critical infrastructure for local farmers and freight operators,” Mr Furner said.
Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud, said, “These were important projects for our region because efficient transport links are essential to keep local industries and businesses in our regional economies thriving.”