Contractor to begin $7.2M Carnarvon Highway upgrade

Works will start later this month on the $7.2 million upgrade package for Carnarvon Highway between St George and Surat, and Injune and Rolleston in Queensland.

Brown Contractors will complete the construction including road widening and nine culvert extensions.

The $7.2 million commitment split equally between federal and state governments, as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, follows a previous $28.54 million for safety upgrades completed on the same road in early 2019.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Government injected $3.64 million to ensure enhancements continued to be delivered along the Carnarvon Highway.

“Safer roads save lives. They also create jobs and we have a plan to make country roads safer around the nation.”

Carnarvon Highway is a major freight route in the region supporting cotton and grain producers from central and north Queensland.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the works were identified as a national priority.

“Works will improve safety and heavy vehicle productivity on this key connector for the coal and energy provinces of the Surat, St George and Galilee Basins,” Mr Littleproud said.

Carnarvon Highway works between St George and Surat are expected to start in late June, while the works between Injune and Rolleston are expected to start in late July 2019.

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