Works on the proposed Mackay Ring Road are set to begin imminently after Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey announced that plans for the construction have been finalised by the Queensland Government.
Mr Bailey stated that he was pleased to advise that “early works can begin in the coming weeks” on the Mackay Ring Road project. These works will include the relocation of services, earthworks and some realignment of local roads.
The Mackay Ring Road project is set to be the largest project ever undertaken in the Mackay and Whitsunday region by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads in the Mackay and Whitsunday region. It is expected that during the construction phase the project will average 603 workers, delivering a significant boost to the local industry.
Full construction of the project is currently scheduled to begin in 2017, with Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert estimating that the project will take 3 years to complete.
Member for Mirani Jim Pearce believes that The Mackay Ring Road project is set to provide a much safer road network, mentioning that “The new road will improve safety for residents by taking heavy vehicles travelling along the Bruce Highway off local streets.”
Similarly, it is believed that the works will also make the road network more efficient, with Mr Pearce stating that “It will also reduce travel times for inter-regional trips and freight vehicles and address the traffic congestion and accident risks of the existing route.”
Mr Bailey stressed that the government is committed to maintaining regular contact with property owners as they work with the government to sort “fair and reasonable compensation for land required”.
Mr Bailey was glowing in his praise of the local property owners, with the owners providing “invaluable” input throughout the planning stages whilst showing a great deal of “patience and cooperation”.
The project is estimated to cost $560 million, and is being jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian government.
Source: Queensland Government
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