Queensland eyes largest-ever road rollout in 2020

28 January 2020

The sunshine state’s biggest-ever road upgrade program will get underway this year.

Queensland businesses, tradies and contractors are gearing up for the jobs bonanza, with the Palaszczuk Government continuing its record $23 billion roads and transport rollout.

Visiting the jointly-funded $812 million Bruce Highway upgrade on the Sunshine Coast, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said shovels would hit the ground in 2020 on major projects along the length of the Bruce Highway as well as on billions of dollars’ worth of upgrades for the M1, Capricorn Highway, Ipswich Motorway and Smithfield Bypass.

“From Weipa to Coolangatta, the outback to the coast, thousands of tradies are getting on with the job of building new roads,” Mr Bailey said.

More than 21,500 jobs will be supported by the $23 billion roads and transport investment, including 13,500 jobs for regional Queensland.

“Queenslanders are already seeing major road projects nearing completion in places like Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, the south east and across regional Queensland, but that’s just the tip of iceberg.

Mr Bailey said major projects getting underway in 2020 included:

$662 million Bruce Highway upgrade from Caboolture to Steve Irwin Way – 664 jobs

Major projects already underway include:

“Not only are we building new roads, more than 6,000 tradies are helping to maintain the state’s 33,000km road network thanks to $1 billion for road maintenance.

“We built the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Bypass, $1 billion upgrade on the Gateway Motorway to link our ports with the Bruce Highway, and opened up the $512 million Logan Enhancement Project – and we’re not letting our foot off the pedal.

Mr Bailey thanked drivers for their patience to-date and urged drivers to heed the instructions of road crews as they upgrades get underway.

“We want everyone to get to home safely, including our hardworking road crews.”

For more information visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au




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