Barnaby Joyce will take over the Federal Infrastructure and Transport portfolio from Darren Chester, following a cabinet reshuffle.
Priority works under the Barton Highway Improvement Strategy program have begun in New South Wales as part of a $100 million package.
The Australian Government has launched a $5 million strategy to upgrade the Princes Highway, with the intention of developing a 10-year program of works across three states.
The new $57 million Sandy Gully Bridge north of Bowen, Queensland, will open three months early, boosting driver safety on the Bruce Highway in the lead-up to Christmas.
The Australian Government has signed off on its $44.2 million contribution to the package, which applies to 16 projects and will be rolled out over the next four years.