Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the funding has been fast tracked in recognition of safety issues raised by local residents.
“The community has spoken and we have listened, bringing these works forward to create a safer road, even sooner,” Mr. McCormack said.
“The $6 million project will not only benefit freight, commuter and tourist traffic, but also provide a safer route for locals who travel on this road every day.”
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said with traffic volumes in the local area increasing, it was crucial for residents living and working in the area to have safe access to the highway.
“Queensland last year recorded its lowest-ever number of road fatalities, but Far North Queensland continued to be overrepresented,” Mr. Bailey said.
Project works will involve widening the narrow section of road to seven metres, replacing stormwater pipes and headwalls and laying 1.8 metres of pipe and associated drainage works.
The project is being delivered as part of the jointly funded $1.01 billion Bruce Highway Safety Package, with the Federal Government committing $4.8 million and the Queensland Government committing $1.2 million.