QLD BUDGET '10-11: $3.3b allocated for state roads


The Queensland Government will invest $3.3 billion this financial year to build a stronger road network

June 8, 2010

The Queensland Government will invest $3.3 billion this financial year to build a stronger road network.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace says the state-wide investment will see the completion of crucial projects, great and small.

These include the completion of the $315 million Ted Snout Memorial Bridge (Houghton Highway) in Redcliffe, the $148 million Forgan Bridge project in Mackay and the Gateway upgrade project.

Wallace says other key projects include:

  • $550 million for the federally-funded Ipswich Motorway upgrade between Dinmore and Goodna, at a total estimated cost of $1.95 billion
  • $288 million to upgrade the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra, at a total estimated cost of $613 million, in partnership with the Federal Government.

In Central Queensland $29.5 million will be spent on the Calliope Range deviation on the Dawson Highway, at a total estimated cost of $70 million; while in North Queensland $48.5 million in federal and state government funds will go towards the widening to four lanes of the Douglas Arterial on the Brice Highway (Townsville Ring Road), at a total estimated cost of 4110 million.

Some $20 million has also been allocated to progress the federally funded upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Ingham and Innisfail, on the Cardwell Range, at a total estimated cost of $115 million.

In the south-east corner, $117 million has been allocated to continue stage one of the Centenary Highway duplication, from Darra to the Logan Motorway Interchange, in conjunction with the Darra to Springfield rail extensions, at a total estimated cost of $414.6 million.

Other projects in SEQ include:

  • $56 million in joint state and federal funding, to widen the Pacific Motorway, between Nerang and Worongary, at a total estimated cost of $158 million
  • $50 million in joint state and federal funding, to continue the upgrade of the Pacific Motorway between Springwood South and Daisy Hill, at a total estimated cost of $421.6 million
  • $30 million for intersection improvements between Ipswich and Withcott, on the Warrego Highway, at a total estimated cost of $40 million
  • $18.6 million in federal funding to repair and strengthen a section of the Bruce Highway, in the southbound lane south of Nambour , at a total estimated cost of $22.4 million
  • $16.8 million for improvements to intersections on the Gatton-Esk Road, between the Warrego Highway and the former Esk Shire boundary, north of Gatton, at a total estimated cost of $35 million
  • $14 million to duplicate the Gold Coast Highway from two to four lanes, between Broad Street and Robert Street, Labrador, at a total estimated cost of $107 million
  • $8.5 million to complete the duplication of a key section of Steve Irwin Way, at a total estimated cost of $39.8 million
  • $8.1 million for widening and sealing works on the New England Highway (Yarraman - Toowoomba), south of Crows Nest, at a total estimated cost of $10.9 million
  • $5 million to widen the Labrador - Carrara Road between Melia Court and Smith Street Connection Road, Parkwood, at a total estimated cost of $132 million.

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