The project will provide a 10.6 kilometre link between the Bruce and Peak Downs highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this step marked important progress towards construction on the project on the Peak Downs Highway.
“This is an investment in improving the main freight, tourism and road transport corridor between Clermont and Mackay that will remove through traffic from Walkerston,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The Walkerston Bypass will offer a safer and more efficient link by addressing congestion, safety and connection issues posed by the existing Peak Downs Highway.”
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said It will follow Stockroute Road before deviating south at the western end and joining the Peak Downs Highway west of Walkerston.
“The first 2.6 kilometres of the bypass has already been built as part of the Mackay Ring Road, which opened last week, with the rest of the project set to support another 200 local jobs.”
He said they had also locked in a further $18 million in joint funding for safety upgrades on the Peak Downs Highway.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said key features included a new flood-immune bridge over Bakers Creek and three overpasses above the local road and cane railway network.
“Completion is expected by late 2023, weather and construction conditions permitting,” Christensen said.
The tender is expected to be awarded in March 2021 with construction to start soon after.
This $150 million Walkerston Bypass is jointly funded by the Australian Government committing $120 million and the Queensland Government committing $30 million.
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