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

Dawson Highway (Banana - Rolleston) - Pavement Strengthening and Widening

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2020 - Late 2020
Estimated Project Cost:$6,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$4,800,000
Local Council/Shire:Banana Shire Council,Central Highlands Regional Council

Project Description

This project will strengthen and widen up to 11.8km of the Dawson Highway between Banana and Rolleston.


  • Increased regional connectivity between communities as road widths increase and roughness reduces
  • Increased road user confidence and travel reliability improving access to vital services
  • Increased economic productivity by reducing input costs to industry through reduction to road user costs, particularly high productivity freight vehicles
  • Improved access for heavy vehicles benefiting local agricultural, mining and tourism industries
  • Reduce the cost to the community of operating the road network
  • Improved social impacts, with improved visual amenity and liveability by provision of a smoother wider highway


The Australian Government has committed $4.8 million towards this project.


The project commenced in September 2020 and was completed in December 2020, ahead of schedule.

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Project details last updated: 30/04/2021