LIST: Major southwest road projects planned for 2021
Many road projects have been planned by the Department of Transport and Mail Roads across Southwest Queensland, to upgrade, repair, and strengthen roads across the sparsely populated district.
Here is a list of major roadworks that will be underway during 2021:
Carnarvon Highway (‘second Bruce Highway’)
Sections of the Carnarvon have been progressively strengthened, widened, and upgraded over the past few years, and this will be ramped up with the State Government’s announcement of a new inland highway.
The ‘second Bruce Highway’ from Mungindi to Charters Towers will be using this corridor, hence why there needs to be major works done.
Pavement widening between Mungindi to St George is expected to begin in January 2021, and will cost $4.5 million.
Upgrades will take place on a 3km stretch 33km east of St George.
There will also be upgrades to the Townsville-Roma corridor with upgrades to Lalors Lane at Orange Hill, school bus pullover bays, and painted median treatment.
These works will start in February and are expected to cost $3.9 million.
Another Carnarvon Highway project will have the intersections with Salmon Road (St George bypass) and Castlereagh Highway upgraded, costing $8.2 million.
Other works for the ‘second Bruce’ will include planning for town treatments and upgrades to the ‘pinch’ over Carnarvon Gorge.
The main road between Thallon and Dirranbandi is still being upgraded, with works continuing into the new year.
A new two-lane bridge over the Moonie River has already completed, and demolition of the old bridge is currently underway.
This project is worth $14 million.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads aims to continue working on the Warrego Highway through Southwest Queensland.
Some works will include planning for an upgrade to the Jackson-Wandoan Road intersection, Wallumbilla South Road intersection planning, pavement rehabilitation between Miles and Roma, and planning for the Landsborough Highway intersection.
A total of $4.948 million has been allocated for these projects during this financial year.
Transport and Main Roads is also planning for future upgrades between Morven and Tambo, as well as rehabilitating pavement on this stretch.
A total of $639 thousand has been allocated for these works during this financial year.
Murweh Flood Reconstruction
Three tenders have recently closed for flood damage works throughout the Murweh Shire.
Roads that need to be fixed include 12 roads northeast of Augathella, 28 between Morven and Augathella, and 20 south of Charleville and Morven.
Diamantina Developmental Road
Queensland’s second longest road is also getting a share of roadworks throughout its Southwest Queensland stretch.
The Charleville-Quilpie stretch will be widened and sealed over the coming year, costing $4.533 million in FY2020/21.
The main road between St George and Cunnamulla is also getting some works done over the coming years.
Transport and Main Roads will spend approximately $1.8 million improving drainage at the Bollon West flood levee, as well as spending over $2 million on a heavy vehicle breakdown facility west of St George.
Replacement of the Wallam Creek culvert is also in its planning stage.