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

Cairns to Northern Territory Border Upgrade - Gulf Developmental Road - Pavement Strengthening and Widening

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2021 - Late 2022
Estimated Project Cost:$21,540,000
Australian Government Contribution:$17,230,000
Local Council/Shire:Etheridge Shire Council

Project Description

This project is one of two early works along the Cairns to Northern Territory Border corridor upgrade, part of the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative. The project will strengthen and widen approximately 12.3 km of the Gulf Developmental Road between Mount Garnett and Croydon. 

Works will include upgrading single lane road sections to two-way two lane sections and full width sprayed seal, resealing and/or rehabilitating existing deficient two lane sections and any necessary culverts works as required.


  • Improved road safety for all users.
  • Improved connectivity between people with jobs and services, and goods with markets.
  • Improved efficiency and network reliability.


The Australian Government is contributing $17.2 million to the project, or 80 per cent, with the Queensland Government contributing 20 per cent or $4.3 million.


Construction commenced in late 2021 and will finish in late 2022.

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Project details last updated: 27/10/2022