Cars drive along Shute Harbour Road near Proserpine through floodwaters. Picture: Peter Wallis
Cars drive along Shute Harbour Road near Proserpine through floodwaters. Picture: Peter Wallis

Jobs boost: Three major Mackay road projects fast-tracked

WORKS on three of the region's major roads will be fast tracked under an agreement struck between the Australian and Queensland Governments.

They have agreed to bring forward 22 jointly-funded road upgrades worth $185 million.

This includes the Dawson Highway and Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure - Tambo), Gregory Highway and Gregory Developmental Road and Proserpine's Shute Harbour Road.

It would include works to seal roads, build overtaking lanes, upgrade intersections and improve safety.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the early works projects would be delivered on corridors identified under the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.

"As the effects of Covid-19 ripple through our economy, it is vital all levels of government work together to support jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger and safer regional communities," Mr McCormack said.

"Delivering early works through the ROSI initiative will give regional Queensland communities access to new projects and jobs."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the agreement reached in November last year meant this infrastructure could be brought forward.

"This will support hundreds of jobs across Queensland," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Picture: Liam Kidston.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Picture: Liam Kidston.

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Talks will be held with councils through the Regional Roads and Transport Groups and other key industry stakeholders to identify projects that could be prioritised within the remaining ROSI corridor allocations.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the State Government had identified projects which could start in the coming 12 months, while further consultation continued to develop 10-year ROSI corridor investment strategies.

"In the meantime, my department has identified a range of critical projects on each of those corridors including bridge replacements, road sealing and widening and intersection upgrades that can get started earlier while we're consulting on the longer-term priorities," he said.

"Council workforces and local contractors will benefit from these contracts too."

Key regional routes targeted for works include the Flinders Highway, Kennedy Developmental Road (Hann Highway), Carnarvon Highway, Dawson Highway and Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure - Tambo), Gulf Developmental Road, Gregory Highway and Gregory Developmental Road, Balonne Highway, Gore Highway, Proserpine - Shute Harbour Road and the local government-controlled Floraville Road in Burke Shire.



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