|Funding Program:||Northern Australia Beef Roads Program
|Expected Start/Finish:||Early 2019 - Mid 2019
|Estimated Project Cost:||$5,030,000
|Australian Government Contribution:||$4,030,000
|Local Council/Shire:||Boulia Shire Council
The Diamantina Developmental Road is a north-south road linking Mount Isa to Charlesville. The Boulia to Dajarra section is mostly sealed to a narrow 3.8 metre standard, and services a number of abattoirs and cattle grazing areas in northern Queensland.
The project involves widening and rehabilitation of over 12km of road from a narrow single-lane seal to a six-metre wide seal to improve productivity, resilience and safety on the Boulia to Dajarra section.
The project will deliver the following improvements to the cattle supply chain:
- improved road safety by widening the pavement seal to allow for two-way traffic
- reduced damage and stress to livestock by widening the pavement seal to remove the need for cattle trucks to leave the sealed pavement at high speed when approaching oncoming vehicles
- improved travel time and reliability by providing two-way sealed road conditions
- 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 million towards this $5 million project.
Construction is expected to commence in late 2018 and be completed by early 2019, weather permitting.
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Project details last updated: 8/01/2019