Work on Mossman-Daintree Road begins this month, as part of a $ 44.1 million modernization program in far north Queensland.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the improvements are being funded under the Australian government’s road safety program.
“The work program demonstrates the Australian government’s continued commitment to deploy life-saving road safety treatments on regional roads,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrade would improve safety on the road, between Mossman and Newell.
“Driver safety is the number one priority,” said Mr. Bailey.
“When completed, residents can expect better shoulders, gates and treatment of the wide center line between Atherton Street and Newell Beach Road.
“The project will help reduce the risk of runoff and head-on collisions along Mossman-Daintree Road. “
Federal Deputy Minister of Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said funding from the Road Safety Program supports the rapid deployment of vital safety works on rural and regional roads.
“The Australian government is committed to keeping our communities safe, while ensuring our economic recovery,” said Mr Buchholz.
“This project is a fantastic local example of our commitment to bringing Queenslanders home sooner and safely.”
Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said construction on the Mossman-Daintree road will be carried out during day and night work, with temporary lane closures in place throughout.
“The work is expected to be completed by the end of November, weather and conditions permitting,” Entsch said.
“The teams will be on site between 6 am and 6 pm for daytime work and between 6 pm and 6 am for night work, and we thank motorists for driving carefully and patiently during the work.
“I am pleased to see Far North Queensland benefit from a $ 174.7 million joint funding investment under Tranche 2 of the Road Safety Program to enable upgrades to be completed during the year. 2021-2022 fiscal year.
“The Road Safety Program aims to improve safety on the state-controlled road network with locations selected based on a history of accidents and key safety issues.”
Cook’s member state Cynthia Lui said the work complements other road safety projects currently underway in the region.
“The Queensland government is providing $ 17.5 billion in regional road improvements, supporting 15,870 jobs,” Ms. Lui said.
“We have already seen the start of construction on Peninsula Developmental Road, as part of the Cape York Regional Package Stage 2 project, valued at $ 237.5 million.
“Earlier this year, we also saw improvements to pedestrian safety on Port Douglas Road, improving the safety and accessibility of crosswalks.
“And we continue to make improvements along the Kennedy Freeway for the benefit of locals, tourists and industry.”
Ms Lui said several projects were currently underway on the Kennedy Highway, demonstrating the Queensland government’s commitment to boosting the regional economy.
“The road is so important to the region because it carries large amounts of agricultural machinery, livestock and products,” she said.
“Stage 2 of the Kennedy Highway safety upgrade is underway, continuing progress on the $ 37.5 million jointly funded project between Mareeba and Atherton.
“By widening the priority sections of the road between Mareeba and Tolga to a joint width of 11 meters, we will create a safer environment for drivers and reduce fatalities and serious injuries on this road.
“Separately, construction of a $ 45 million package of road safety works on the Kennedy Highway between Kuranda and Mareeba is nearing completion, which has seen a number of safety treatments installed in priority locations.
“These projects in the Queensland region support our commitment to create jobs and provide services to the community where it is needed most.”
Other projects funded under the Road Safety Program include:
Improvements to rest areas (statewide)
$ 14 million to improve fatigue management at roadside rest areas across Queensland.
Dawson Highway – Banana to Rolleston (Central Queensland)
$ 4 million for widening work to reduce the risk of head-on collisions.
Dawson Highway – Rolleston to Springsure (central Queensland)
$ 4 million for widening work to reduce the risk of head-on collisions and resolve surface problems.
Capricorn Highway and Blackwater-Rolleston Road (central Queensland)
$ 3.5 million to modernize the intersection to correct the accident history.
Gulf Developmental Road (Far North Queensland)
$ 2.5 million for widening and improving the waterproofing along the Gulf Developmental Road to create two lanes.
Brisbane Road – Ipswich (metro area)
$ 2.5 million for improvements to the intersection of the Brisbane and Braeside roads.
Palmerston Highway – Innisfail to Ravenshoe (Northern Queensland)
$ 2 million to widen shoulders to create safer roadsides and install guardrails in high-risk areas.
Carnarvon Hwy and Noondoo ‐ Thallon Road (South Queensland)
$ 1.5 million for improvements to the Carnarvon Expressway and Noondoo-Thallon Road intersection to ensure safe travel on heavy vehicle roads.