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

Tennant Creek to Townsville Corridor Upgrade - Flinders Highway (Julia Creek to Cloncurry) - Scrubby Creek Pavement Strengthening and Widening

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2022 - Early 2024
Estimated Project Cost:$42,650,000
Australian Government Contribution:$34,120,000
Local Council/Shire:Mckinlay Shire Council

Project Description

The Tennant Creek to Townsville corridor is a key economic freight route that supports major industries including mining, agriculture and tourism.

The Tennant Creek to Townsville Corridor Upgrade is delivering targeted upgrades to the Flinders and Barkly highways and surrounding roads. These National Network links form part of the critical Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone, a supply chain linking the mineral and agricultural production areas in north west Queensland with the Port of Townsville.

This Project will deliver approximately 9.3km of pavement strengthening and widening on a priority section of the Flinders Highway between Julia Creek and Cloncurry.


The Project is expected to improve safety, ride quality, and pavement performance and well as decrease travel time and vehicle operating cost savings.


The Australian Government has committed $34.12 million towards the Project, in partnership with the Queensland Government.


The Project commenced construction in mid 2022, and is expected to be completed by early 2024, weather permitting.

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Project details last updated: 8/08/2022