Works have begun to upgrade the Carnarvon Highway between St George and Surat with improvements between Injune and Rolleston scheduled for July 2019.
The $7.28 million upgrade package is co-funded by the Queensland and Federal Government under the latest round of theHeavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).
The upgrades include widening 7.25km of the Carnarvon Highway between St George and Surat including four culvert extensions. Between Injune and Rolleston the upgrades will widen 3.3km of the Carnarvon Highway and include a further five culvert extensions.
Local Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the works were a national priority.
“Works will improve safety and heavy vehicle productivity on this key connector for the coal and energy provinces of the Surat, St George and Galilee Basins,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Cotton and grain producers of central and north Queensland who use the Carnarvon Highway will also be able to get product to market more efficiently, improving national productivity and competitiveness.”
Brown Contractors will complete the works which include earthworks, drainage, concreting, landscaping, bitumen seal and side track construction.
The recently announced Queensland State budget outlines a record $23 billion investment in roads and transport infrastructure over the next four years.
Other major projects include widening of the Pacific Motorway, Gateway Motorway extension and upgrades to the Bruce Highway.
Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad said the works will provide more than 25,000 jobs to people living in regional areas.
“Building infrastructure creates good jobs in construction. It also builds our economic capacity, attracting new industry and private investment,” she said.
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