POSITIVE POLICY

Boost for Central & North Queensland Roads

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver record funding to improve road safety, boost productivity and make life easier for North and Central Queenslanders.

If elected, Labor will deliver the following road upgrades: 

  • Gladstone Port Access Road – next stage ($80 million).
  • Walkerston Bypass ($150 million).
  • Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road ($30 million).
  • Hann Highway ($43 million).
  • Capricorn Highway Overtaking Lanes ($19 million).
  • Capricorn Highway – Rockhampton to Gracemere ($75 million).
  • Rockhampton (Bajool to Port Alma Road) Port Access Road ($15 million).
  • Cairns Airport Access Upgrade ($6 million).

The funding for these roads will come from the Northern Australia Roads Program, which is already in the Budget.

Despite the Abbott-Turnbull Government talking big about infrastructure in the north, they have failed to deliver a single new major infrastructure project for Northern Australia during its term.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that from the September 2013 to September 2015 public sector infrastructure work fell by 20 per cent under the Liberals.

In Queensland this included significant cuts to the Bruce Highway. It’s simply not good enough.

Queensland is a large state which relies heavily on roads for the movement of people and freight. North and Central Queenslanders also rely upon roads to connect their communities and provide access to services.

While the Abbott-Turnbull Government stood still on Queensland infrastructure, Labor stands on its record. The former Labor Government provided $8.7 billion of infrastructure investment in Queensland between 2007-2013, doubling spending from $143 to $314 per person.

Only a Shorten Labor Government will deliver the infrastructure that Queensland needs to boost exports, create local jobs, drive growth and keep people safe on the roads.

Project Details

Gladstone Port Access Road ($80 million)

  • This stage will extend the existing Port Access Road from Glenlyon Road to Blain Drive, including a new bridge to be constructed over Glenlyon Road.
  • The proposed 2.5km stage will extend and widen the Gladstone Port Access road to redirect larger vehicles and hazardous goods movements away from local and general commuter traffic.
  • Gladstone families will benefit from the safer roads with heavy truck traffic removed from Glenyon Road to Blain Drive and Gladstone’s ring roads. 

For more information: http://www.100positivepolicies.org.au/gladstone_port_access_road_fact_sheet

Walkerston Bypass ($150 million) 

  • The realignment of the Peak Downs Highway to bypass Walkerston will increase safety on the existing route through the main street of Walkerston by minimising heavy vehicle traffic and removing the interaction between heavy vehicle traffic and local traffic.
  • The new route will also offer a safer and more efficient link for the mining industry in the northern Bowen Basin to Mackay and, in particular, the industrial area of Paget.
  • Start of construction will be towards the end of the Mackay Ring Road Stage 1 works which are soon to begin and extend until about 2020. 

Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road ($30 million)

  • Upgrade remaining 16 kilometres of the road from Iron Pot Road to Neils Road to four lanes, starting from the Yeppoon End.
  • Improve safety and productivity for 11,000 vehicles using the road each day including 120 heavy vehicle movements per day.

Hann Highway ($43 million) 

  • Upgrade two sections of the Hann Highway (also known as the Kennedy Developmental Road) including road sealing, widening and strengthening works to ensure the road is less susceptible to flooding and can cater for heavy vehicles.
  • Sealing and upgrading 36 kilometres between The Lynd and Hughenden.
  • Upgrading the existing single lane between Mount Garnet and The Lynd to two lanes. 

Capricorn Highway Overtaking Lanes ($19 million)

  • Construction of up to six overtaking lanes between Gracemere and Emerald to reduce delays and improve safety for drivers overtaking slow vehicles.

Capricorn Highway – Rockhampton to Gracemere ($75 million)

  • Upgrade the Capricorn Highway from Rockhampton to Gracemere from two lanes to four lanes to improve travel times and reduce congestion.
  • Improve safety for 17,000 vehicles using the road currently and cater for predicted traffic growth.

Rockhampton (Bajool to Port Alma Road) pavement widening Port Access Road ($15 million)

  • Upgrade 25 kilometres of narrow and rough pavement on the Port Alma Road and Port Access Road to widen the road and relocate power poles located close to the sides of the road which are posing a safety threat.

Cairns Airport (Captain Cook Highway) Access Upgrade ($6 million)

  • Upgrade the intersection at Captain Cook Highway and Airport Avenue to provide dual right-turn lanes into Airport Avenue to reduce delays during peak periods and improve traffic flows in and out of the CBD.