[singlepic id=213 w=320 h=240 float=left]Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt announced funds of $41.8 million to help maintain the safety of state-controlled roads in the region.
Mr Pitt said the $41.8 million funding package means safer roads for motorists and jobs for local road workers.
“It’s a win for road safety and a win for workers generating jobs at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” Mr Pitt said.
“There will be a hive of activity on our road network in the coming weeks and months.
“It’s a vast road network here in Far North Queensland. It stretches to around 3,160 kilometres in length. That’s 60 kilometres more than the distance by road between Cairns and Melbourne.
“We need to maintain our road network and that’s why these funds are so important. The network is a vital link for our communities.
“We’re investing in more than road maintenance here in the far north. We’re investing in the people who live and work here by giving them a safer and more secure road network.
“There are few things more important than road safety.”
Mr Pitt said key projects for the far north include:
- $12.5 million set aside for routine maintenance work, such as pothole repairs, vegetation management, new signage and line-marking
- $6.7 million to improve the road surface on a number of roads, particularly sections of the Mulligan Highway, Captain Cook Highway and the Kennedy Highway where it’s needed
- $7.4 million for work on the national highway (federally-funded roads). This work will include pothole repairs, resurfacing, traffic signals and lighting, vegetation management and new line-marking
- Innisfail – Japoon Road – rebuild and improve the road surface between Innisfail and the airport turn-off at a total cost of $2.2 million
- Gordonvale – Atherton (Gillies Highway) – rehabilitation work and shoulder sealing of the road from the Barron River Bridge towards Mark’s Lane. This work will smooth the road surface and seal road shoulders to make the road safer for motorists
- Mossman – Daintree Road – replacement of a number of culverts at a cost of $419,000
- $369,000 to upgrade the Anderson Street and English Street intersection
- On Captain Cook Highway, $697,000 will be spent on five safety projects, including repairs to the Pebbly Beach culvert, new guardrails at some priority sections around Buchans Point and new line-markings and raised pavement markers along a number of sections of the busy highway to boost safety for motorists
- $1.6 million will be spent on routine maintenance of traffic signals and overhead lighting across the far north and to maintain and install traffic management cameras to monitor traffic at a number of busy locations on the far north’s road network.