Works on two intersection upgrades on Queensland’s Carnarvon Highway are now complete, as part of the Townsville to Roma Corridor Upgrade.
The intersection with the Castlereagh Highway and Salmon Road intersection have received turn treatments and improved approaches as part of a project jointly funded by the Queensland and the Federal Governments through the nationwide Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.
Works on the intersection with Arcadia Valley Road, about 37.75 kilometres north of Injune, were completed in late May.
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia and Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the Federal Government had invested a total of $7.6 million in the projects, including $3.4 million to upgrade the Castlereagh Highway intersection, $4.8 million for the Salmon Road intersection and $1.3 million for the Arcadia Valley Road intersection. The remaining $1.9 million was invested by the Queensland Government.
“These ROSI projects are providing better connections between agricultural regions and ports, airports and other transport hubs and better access for tourism, mining and other sectors,” Mr Littleproud said.
“The Australian Government has invested a total of $7.6 million and the Queensland Government committed $1.9 million in these three important projects to support regional businesses and regional communities.”
Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders said the upgrades will support the Palaszczuk Government’s long-term vision to build an inland freight route from Charters Towers to Mungindi, taking heavy haulage off the Bruce Highway, with an additional $500 million in joint funding locked in.
“The upgrades to these intersections are providing improved turn treatments and approaches to the Carnarvon Highway,” Mr Saunders said.
“These intersections will form an important part of the Inland Freight Route in the future, so getting them right now means this section of road will be ready once more work starts.
The Queensland Government’ is investing a record $27.5 billion on roads and transport over four years.