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

Cooktown to Weipa Corridor Upgrade - Peninsula Developmental Road

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2020 - Mid 2024
Estimated Project Cost:$190,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$152,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Cook Shire Council

Project Description

The project will seal up to 54.5km of the Peninsula Developmental Road, including a new crossing over Archer River. Preconstruction activities related to the upgrade of the Peninsula Developmental Road will also be completed.


Expected benefits of the project include:

  • enhance access between Weipa and Cairns by decreasing the annual time of closures;
  • provide savings in costs and time to road users through reduced wear and tear on vehicles by removing the need for higher-cost freight vehicles and allowing seamless connectivity
  • provide a safer road environment
  • improve living standards, employment opportunities and economic prospects for Indigenous communities
  • provide environmental benefits from the reduced need to source road materials and gravel requiring vegetation clearing and from minimising dust and sediment into watercourses


The Australian Government has committed $152 million to this project.


Construction commenced in July 2020 and is expected to be completed in mid 2024, weather permitting.

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Project details last updated: 23/04/2021