$37.5M intersection upgrades for Queensland’s Kennedy Highway

$37.5M intersection upgrades for Queensland’s Kennedy Highway
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Nine intersections along the Kennedy Highway between Mareeba and Atherton in Queensland will be upgraded as part of an ongoing program of safety improvements.

The $37.5 million project has been jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments as part of the Targeted Road Safety Works initiative.

According to crash data reports, the Kennedy Highway from Cairns to Mareeba ranked highly for key risk indicators compared to other state-controlled roads with a very high number of crashes.

Nine intersections have been identified for upgrades: Mines Road/Martin Avenue Connection, Henry Hannam Drive, Wilga Street, Banksia Street, Wattle Street, Walkamin Research Station, Morganbury Road, Channel Road and Mapee Road.

This program of safety upgrades will aim to deliver long-term improvements to traffic flow and safety at key intersections. Including the Installation of wide centre line treatment at suitable locations, installation of audio tactile line marking and a new overtaking lane near Koah.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrades would help to improve road safety for Far North Queensland drivers.

“The nine intersections will be upgraded to include turning lanes, bike lanes, upgraded lighting and new line marking – making it safer for everyone who uses the road day in, day out,” he said.

Senator for Queensland and Special Envoy for Northern Australia Susan McDonald said the project is already well underway, benefiting the community at a critical time.

“This road is used by thousands of locals, tourists and freight operations so I look forward to these intersection upgrades also getting underway to support even more jobs, cash flow, and safety outcomes for the community,” McDonald said.

The Australian Government is contributing up to $30 million with the Queensland Government contributing up to $7.5 million.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2022.

For more information on the project, click here.


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