|Funding Program:||Northern Australia Roads Program
|Expected Start/Finish:||Early 2020 - Late 2021
|Estimated Project Cost:||$35,000,000
|Australian Government Contribution:||$28,000,000
|Local Council/Shire:||Isaac Regional Council
The Peak Downs Highway is a strategic road linking mining and agricultural activities in the Bowen Basin and the Central Highlands districts to Emerald and Mackay, and to the ports of Mackay, Abbot Point and Hay Point.
This project will strengthen and widen approximately 13km of the Highway, providing a wider and safer two-lane highway, which will better accommodate over-size and over-mass freight vehicles.
The project builds on existing Australian and Queensland government investments on the Peak Downs Highway and will provide the following benefits:
- improved safety, through provision of recovery areas, pavement protection and increased separation between heavy vehicles, caravans and light vehicles
- improved freight efficiency, through pavement strengthening and widening
- reduced road maintenance costs, through upgrading of the overall road standard
The Australian Government has committed up to $28 million towards this $35 million project.
Construction is expected to commence in early 2020 and be completed by late 2021, weather permitting.
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Project details last updated: 3/10/2019