The Australian and Queensland governments have unlocked $18 million in funding to upgrade the Peak Downs Highway between Mackay and Eton, paving the way for construction to begin later this year.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the road between Mackay and Eton had a reputation for being dangerous and the Federal Government’s 80 per cent funding was going a long way in making regional roads safer.
“The Peak Downs Highway is a critical commuter and freight link that connects key mining and agricultural communities and businesses in the Central Highlands and Bowen Basin districts to markets and service industries,” Ms Landry said.
“We see a significant volume of freight, including oversize and over-mass vehicles, along this road – meaning this upgrade will help ensure they get home safely at the end of each day after their critical work keeping our state’s economy moving and shelves stocked.”
The Australian Government is committing $14.4 million to the project and the Queensland Government $3.6 million.
The project is part of the Australian Government’s $500 million nationwide Targeted Road Safety Works package, which is funding projects on state or territory roads to improve road user safety that can be completed within 12 months, providing an immediate boost to the economy and local jobs.
A $189 million Peak Downs Highway Safety Works project is expected to wrap up construction later this year.