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

Tennant Creek to Townsville Corridor Upgrade - Flinders Highway (Townsville - Charters Towers) Overtaking Lanes - Packages 1 and 2

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2022 - Mid 2023
Estimated Project Cost:$33,390,000
Australian Government Contribution:$26,712,000
Local Council/Shire:Townsville City Council,Charters Towers Regional Council

Project Description

The Tennant Creek to Townsville corridor is a key economic freight route that support 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 surround 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 area in north west Queensland with the Port of Townsville.

This Project will deliver two new overtaking lanes approximately 30 kilometres south west of Townsville, and one new overtaking lane approximately 70 kilometres south west of Townsville.


The Project is expected to improve safety, reliability of the road network, economic opportunities and tourism, as well as improved freight efficiency.


The Australian Government has committed $18.38 million towards the Project, in partnership with the Queensland Government.


The Project is expected to commence in mid 2022 and be completed in mid 2023, weather permitting.

Disclaimer: The material contained in this site is made available on the understanding that the Department is not thereby engaged in rendering professional advice for a particular purpose. Before relying on the material in any important matter, users should carefully evaluate the accuracy, completeness and relevance of the information for their purposes and should obtain appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances.

Project details last updated: 4/02/2022