• Funding program Roads of Strategic Importance
  • Status In planning
  • Transport mode Road
  • Expected start/finish Mid 2024 - Early 2025
  • Estimated project cost $3,322,500
  • Australian Government contribution $2,658,000
  • Local Council/Shire Mareeba Shire Council
  • State QLD

Project description

This project includes various sections of progressive pavement widening and sealing works on the section of the Ootann Road within the Mareeba Shire Council Local Government Area.

The Ootann Road is an important freight link that is mostly unsealed and narrow. Unreliable access for road trains creates lengthy detours across winding mountainous routes, adding over 250 kilometres per trip. Led by Mareeba Shire Council, this project will progress the upgrade of the road to provide a more efficient, resilient and safer freight system, facilitate economic expansion in the region, and significantly reduce travel time.

This project, in conjunction with a parallel project for the Ootann Road led by Tablelands Regional Council, was added to the Cairns to Northern Territory Border corridor under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative at the 2022-23 Budget. These two projects will extend existing sealed sections of the road and raise its standard to a 9-metre-wide two lane seal, enabling better heavy vehicle access and delivering a strategic link between Northern Australian industry and southern markets.


Improved road safety for all road users, improved efficiency and network reliability, improved freight productivity and access to freight gateways and reduced congestion and improved travel times.


Total funding of $3.32 (Australian Government contribution $2.66 million, Mareeba Shire Council Contribution: $0.66 million).


This project is expected to commence construction in mid 2024 and be completed by early 2025.

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