Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Funding approved for Isis Highway

The Australian Government has approved an investment of $4 million for road improvements on the Isis Highway, between Bundaberg and Childers in Queensland, paving the way for construction to start within a year.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this investment demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving roads across regional Australia.

“As part of the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, this project will improve safety and reduce congestion between Bundaberg and Childers while also increasing freight efficiency in the region,” Mr McCormack said.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government is investing $1 million in the project, which will importantly support 18 jobs.

“This project will improve travel times for drivers and truckies, with a 1.8 kilometre southbound overtaking lane and a dedicated southbound turning lane at the Wyper Park Scout Camp turn-off,” Mr Bailey said.

“We’re going through unprecedented times with coronavirus, but securing alongside our $1.9 billion road program for the region means we’ll be able to support jobs as well as industries like freight once we get through this situation.”

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said all levels of Government are working together to invest in the Hinkler region.

“This project is part of the Hinkler Regional Deal, which will see the Australian Government deliver more than $179.2 million in investment in the region’s economic development, community resilience and liveability,” Mr Pitt said.

Detailed design for the project is expected to be completed by mid-2020, with a call for construction tenders due in late 2020. Construction is estimated to start in early 2021 and be completed in early 2022.

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