The Queensland government has committed $450,000 to begin detailed planning to upgrade the Flinders Highway.
Main Roads and Road Safety, Mark Bailey, said the funding would be allocated in the upcoming budget.
“The Palaszczuk government is continually working to improve and invest in our statewide road network,” Bailey said.
“Under the Northern Australia Roads Programme, we applied for 80:20 funding to the Turnbull government for this $15 million Flinders Highway upgrade.”
The business case will detail plans to construct three overtaking lanes for the highway, including safety improvement works.
Minister Assisting the Premier, Coralee O’Rourke, said Australian government funding would be necessary to complete the project.
“Heavy vehicles, including large, multi-combination vehicles account for around 20 percent of traffic on the Flinders Highway, between Townsville and Charters Towers,” O’Rourke said.
“Low speeds and limited overtaking opportunities contribute to regular traffic delays. By giving motorists more overtaking opportunities, we will improve safety, capacity and efficiency.”
Detailed planning for the project is expected to be finished next year.
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