Sealing works begin on $28M Bowen Road upgrade.

Sealing works have begun between Rockingham Creek and Mount Coolon, as part of the $28.75 million Bowen Developmental Road upgrade in Queensland.

Crews will seal a key 25 kilometre stretch of road located southwest of Collinsville, as part of the jointly funded state and federal upgrade.

Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said the upgrade was funded as part of the $600 million Northern Australia Roads Program (NARP).

“NARP aims to improve high-priority roads, which are essential to the movement of people, freight and the north’s economic development,” Mr. McCormack said.

“Bowen Developmental Road is a key route, connecting regional communities and towns, servicing the mining and agricultural industries to larger centres and ports.”

Queensland Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said in addition to supporting local communities and industry, the upgrade would create an estimated 90 jobs.

“Crews will upgrade the section to an eight-metre-wide sealed road with line-marking and new signs – improving travel times and safety,” Mr. Bailey said.

“Once complete, the project will also have the added benefit of reducing ongoing maintenance costs and adding new overtaking opportunities.”

Capricornia Federal Member Michelle Landry said the upgrades were an important investment in the region.

“The upgrades will boost road safety and help locals and tourists to get to their destinations sooner and safer,” Ms. Landry said.

“The road improvements will also have a direct positive impact on local industry and business who rely on the roads to make a living.”

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