• Funding program Roads of Strategic Importance
  • Status In planning
  • Transport mode Road
  • Expected start/finish Mid 2023 - Mid 2024
  • Estimated project cost $12,060,000
  • Australian Government contribution $9,650,000
  • Local Council/Shire Etheridge Shire Council
  • State QLD

Project description

This project will progressively strengthen and widen priority single seal sections of the Gulf Developmental Road between Croydon and Georgetown.

The Gulf Developmental Road is the principal freight and tourism route connecting the Carpentaria region to coastal Queensland, via Kennedy Highway and the Bruce Highway. Although the road is sealed, sections are only single lane, creating safety and capacity concerns for passing vehicles. This project will upgrade priority sections to improve road capacity, reliability and safety for all users.

This project has been added to the Cairns to Northern Territory Border corridor under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative at the 2022-23 Budget. It complements another project on the corridor that is strengthening and widening the road between Mount Garnet and Croydon. These projects are progressively improving the efficiency and safety of the corridor, particularly for freight vehicles.


Improved road safety for all road users, improved efficiency and network reliability, improved accessibility and connectivity of road networks and improved freight productivity and access to freight gateways.


Total funding of $12.06 million (Australian Government contribution $9.65 million, Queensland Government Contribution: $2.41 million).


This project is expected to commence construction in mid 2023 and be completed by mid 2024.

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