• Funding program Roads of Strategic Importance
  • Status Under construction
  • Transport mode Road
  • Expected start/finish Mid 2020 - Mid 2024
  • Estimated project cost $190,000,000
  • Australian Government contribution $152,000,000
  • Local Council/Shire Cook Shire Council
  • State QLD

Project description

The project will seal up to 54.5km of the Peninsula Developmental Road, including a new crossing over Archer River. Preconstruction activities related to the upgrade of the Peninsula Developmental Road will also be completed.


Expected benefits of the project include:

  • enhance access between Weipa and Cairns by decreasing the annual time of closures;
  • provide savings in costs and time to road users through reduced wear and tear on vehicles by removing the need for higher-cost freight vehicles and allowing seamless connectivity
  • provide a safer road environment
  • improve living standards, employment opportunities and economic prospects for Indigenous communities
  • provide environmental benefits from the reduced need to source road materials and gravel requiring vegetation clearing and from minimising dust and sediment into watercourses


The Australian Government has committed $152 million to this project.


Construction commenced in July 2020 and is expected to be completed in mid 2024, weather permitting.

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