|Funding Programme:||Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme
|Expected Start/Finish:||Early 2018 - Late 2018
|Estimated Project Cost:||$5,120,000
|Australian Government Contribution:||$4,100,000
|Local Council/Shire:||Mareeba Shire Council,Tablelands Regional Council
The Ootann Road provides a north-south link between the Burke Developmental Road, the Peninsula Developmental Road and the Kennedy Highway. The majority of the road is unsealed and has a high proportion of heavy vehicle and livestock traffic, including Type 2 road trains.
This package involves progressive sealing of approximately 6.4 kilometres of the Ootann Road between Almanden to the Kennedy Highway. In conjunction with Package one, approximately 7.8 kilometres of the Ootann Road will be sealed.
The project will deliver the following improvements to the cattle supply chain:
- improved productivity and travel times by sealing unsealed sections of road
- improved accessibility for all road users
- improved road safety by upgrading road quality
- reduce damage and stress to livestock by increasing the sealed length of the link and reducing the overall roughness of the link
- reduced road closures during the wet season
- reduced whole-of-life asset management costs by strengthening and widening pavements to reduce accelerated road wear and damage by heavy vehicles
The Australian Government has committed up to $4.10 million towards this $5.12 million project. The Mareeba Shire Council and the Tablelands Regional Council will contribute 20 per cent of the total project cost.
Construction is expected to commence in early-2018, noting that the project is still in the early stages of development and the above project timelines are subject to change.
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Project details last updated: 15/02/2017