$61.6 million pledged to Queensland’s highways

Queensland's motorists will be the lucky recipients of upgrades to their roads after being included in a nationwide remediation program. The works will be part of the country's National Highway Upgrade Programme, which will see $229 million spent on similar projects across Australia. 

Upgrades for Queensland

Highways marked by the Queensland Government for the $61.6 million improvement include the New England, Flinders, Landsborough and Cunningham highways. Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey explained the plan for the upgrades.

"Works to be delivered on the New England Highway include the provision of a further overtaking lane, pavement widening works and intersection upgrades," Mr Bailey said.

"Drivers on the Flinders Highway between Hughenden and Cloncurry will benefit from pavement widening and strengthening, while the Landsborough Highway will be upgraded between Morven and Kynuna. There will also be pavement rehabilitation on the Cunningham Highway between Mutdapilly and Warrill View."

There are also further benefits for the state to gain from the projects, with local construction jobs expected to be in demand when work begins later this year.

The highway improvement plans join other state transport projects such as the bridge renewal scheme, highlighting a commitment to safer and more efficient motoring within the region.

The national project

Queensland is the last of Australia's states to confirm its plans for the funding, with most other regions announcing their projects earlier this month. 

The state of Victoria outlined a number of key areas for upgrades under the initiative, with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss identifying key locations.

"The Australian Government is allocating $35 million through our National Highway Upgrade Programme for bridge strengthening works on the Western Highway, Hume Freeway, Monash Freeway and Goulburn Valley Highway, and for safety works between the South Australian Border and Kaniva on the Western Highway."

These remediation projects should have a flow-on effect to transport and logistics jobs, with those in the sector gaining access to improved roads, hopefully increasing productivity in the industry. The highways specified by the Victorian Government for improvement were chosen for their proximity to key freight routes, promoting supporting infrastructure for the state's transport sector.

The planned highway works join other high-profile construction projects in the state such as the Melbourne Metro and Level Crossing removal initiatives. 

All other states across Australia have confirmed plans for their share of the funding, with work beginning nationwide throughout 2015.