Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply
The Honourable Mark Bailey
A total of $13 million will be spent on the Diamantina Developmental Road, with four key upgrades from Charleville to Boulia identified as a part of the $40 million roads funding package for western Queensland.
The Palaszczuk Government’s 2015-2016 State Budget identified 14 priority road projects to be undertaken across western Queensland over the next two years.
“Not only are we building better roads out west where they’re needed, we’re providing more than 70 jobs for road workers,” Mr Bailey said.
Mr Bailey visited Charleville today to discuss aspects of the rollout of the program in south-west Queensland with Transport and Main Roads staff.
He used his visit to inspect progress on rebuilding the Angelalla Creek Bridge, which was completely destroyed in September last year when a truck carrying ammonium nitrate overturned and exploded.
“It was a miracle no one was killed,” he said.
“Now, we are stepping in to ensure there’s a safe and reliable road network for people who live and work in western Queensland.”
Mr Bailey also met with Murweh Shire Mayor Denis Cook to outline how the Western Roads Upgrade Program will focus on road widening and sealing works to make the roads smoother and safer for drivers.
Included in the upgrade program is a $2 million project to widen and strengthen high-priority sections of the Wills Development Road in the far north-west, and $2 million to upgrade sections of the Bulloo Development Road from Cunnamulla to Thargomindah in the south west.
Other key routes targeted for upgrades include:
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