Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Outback Way - 2016 Election Commitment - QLD - Donohue Highway Progressive Sealing Package 1

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2018 - Mid 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$6,250,000
Australian Government Contribution:$5,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Boulia Shire Council

Project Description

The project involved approximately 18.25km of sealing across multiple sections of the Donohue Highway from gravel to a two-lane seal and the construction of floodways.


The project is expected to deliver the following benefits:

  • significant improvements to road user safety through the provision of overtaking opportunities, improved visibility and road geometry;
  • improved flood immunity with few road closures;
  • reduced travel times through an increase in average speeds on a key commuter and freight link in the region; and
  • increased consistent access for oversized vehicles and reduced vehicle-operating costs due to surface improvements.


The Australian Government provided $5 million (80% of the project cost) and the Boulia Shire Council provided $1.25 million (20% of the project cost).


Construction commenced in March 2018 and was completed in May 2019.

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Project details last updated: 13/06/2019