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Crucial Queensland road projects to benefit heavy vehicles

A combined $200 million has been committed to a pair of new road projects in Queensland to improve the state’s road network’s reliability
Aerial shot of Brisbane's highway traffic.

Two programs with each holding over $100 million of committed funding from the Queensland government are set to enhance the state’s productivity by clearing congestion from its road network.

The Productivity Enhancement Plan specifically targets road improvements that will most benefit heavy vehicles. It will support the $26 billion Energy and Jobs Plan by focusing on upgrading the existing road network – including for over size over mass movements associated with both existing and emerging energy industries.

The Local Congestion Busting program will target road improvements to the road network by mitigating traffic delays caused by bottle necks, particularly at intersections.

Its primary aims are to not only help people get home quicker around the state, but to also reduce freight costs along key routes. It will focus on low-cost upgrades at locations experiencing congestion.

Projects eligible for the programs could be a mix of state and council owned assets, with Transport and Main Roads (TMR) set to identify projects in the coming months.

Minister for Transport and Roads Bart Mellish says general feedback from the public is the reduction of congestion across the state is of paramount importance.

“Having spoken to Queenslanders about their transport needs far and wide across the state since late last year, it’s clear that we need to continue to focus on reducing congestion, regional and rural connectivity, on safety, on resilience and on accessibility,” Mellish says.

“Our Budget recognises the importance of improving state and local roads networks to support communities and key industries across Queensland.

“We know that transport is critically important in allowing people to get on with their lives – be it working in the city, dropping the kids at school, getting to and from medical appointments or making deliveries.

“The Local Congestion Fund will target improvements at “bottle necks”, reducing the time wasted in traffic and keeping communities moving safely and efficiently, while our Productivity Enhancement Fund will provide the necessary support to industry as our Energy and Jobs Plan powers forward.”

Funds for identified projects could be delivered via 50:50 grants made on a matching basis or be delivered by TMR.

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