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Future of central Queensland freight corridor safeguarded

  • Posted on Wednesday 11th, July 2018.

Heavy vehicle drivers and motorists are set to benefit from the completion this week of a $2.9 million upgrade of a key mining and agricultural freight corridor between Moranbah and Dysart in central Queensland.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Keith Pitt, said the upgrade of the Peak Downs Mine Road and adjoining Saraji Road route would fix pavement issues along eight kilometres of Saraji Road.

“New gravel overlay, bitumen seal and cement stabilisation will greatly improve the condition of the pavement, meaning road users will no longer be jolted by potholes and will be able to save money on maintenance costs,” said Pitt.

“This project is a prime example of the Australian and Queensland Government's commitment to improving the safety and efficiency of regional roads through our Roads to Recovery Program,” he said.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said the upgrade would help support the growth of the Isaac Region's economy.

“Saraji Road is critical to local residents and industry and these improvements will support the significant volume of heavy vehicle traffic the road caters for, which in turn supports businesses throughout the region,” said Bailey.

“The Palaszczuk Government recognises the corridor as part of the economic lifeblood of the Isaac Region and has provided funding to the local council to contribute to the road's rehabilitation through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme,” he said.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor, Anne Baker, said the upgrade was a direct response to community needs and would improve the safety of the road.

“Council's contribution to this project shows our ability to meet the needs of the community—ensuring residents return home safely to their families is a top priority,” said Baker.

“This is about investing in our region to ensure our communities are connected by a safer road network. In addition to pavement works, the upgrade has included a new guardrail system at Peak Downs Mine Road and the BMA haul road underpass,” she said.

The $2.9 million Saraji Road Rehabilitation Project is jointly funded by the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery Program ($880,000), the Queensland Government's Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme ($1.055 million) and the Isaac Regional Council's 2017−18 Building Isaac's Future Budget ($1.05 million).

Works started in September 2017 and are expected to be completed by the end of June 2018, weather permitting.

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