$890 million boost for Wide Bay Burnett roads
WIDE Bay Burnett roads will benefit from an $890 million investment over the next four years, improving safety and creating jobs.
"We understand the importance of roads in regional Queensland, particularly major tourism and freight routes," Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the funding would improve road safety and create jobs.
"I'm committed to ensuring roads in our region in need of investment are prioritised and receive their fair share of funding. I'm proud the recent budget has really delivered for our region.
"This funding injection is great news for our local community and will give a boost to our economy as well as providing hundreds of jobs for the local region.
"We are improving the road network throughout the region with a number of projects including the Tinana Interchange upgrade and two major traffic signal upgrades at Pialba-Burrum Heads Road, Scrub Hill Road and Wide Bay Drive and Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road at Urraween Road."
Key road projects that will progress in Wide Bay Burnett District include:
- $384 million Bruce Highway, Cooroy to Curra (Section C) upgrade will continue which includes a new four-lane standard, between Traveston and Keefton roads
- $50 million for full planning and detailed design on the Bruce Highway, Cooroy - Curra (Section D)
- Major works will start for the $38 million Bruce Highway Tinana Interchange upgrade
- $26 million intersection upgrade will kick off at Pialba-Burrum Heads Road to realign Scrub Hill Road and Wide Bay Drive into a cross intersection with traffic signals and additional lanes added for traffic efficiency
- $12.5 million intersection upgrade will continue at Maryborough-Hervey Bay and Urraween roads
- $7.4 million will complete the approaches and replacement of the bridge over Burnett River on Monto-Mount Perry Road
- $6.2 million in widening works will be undertaken in the Wide Bay region as part of the Bruce Highway Safety Works package
This funding is part of the four-year $20.02 billion Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP), released in conjunction with the State Budget.