Queensland’s Mount Lindesay Highway upgrade has reached a major milestone at Munruben, with motorists now able to travel on the new southbound lanes and Norris Creek bridge.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says the Mount Lindesay Highway can only mean good news for local drivers.
“The project has placed more than 22,500 tonnes of asphalt, 9,000 square metres of foamed bitumen and 12 kilometres of guardrail across the upgrade to date,” he says. “What’s better is the level of training and upskilling that continues to be delivered by this project – that’s opportunities for locals that otherwise wouldn’t exist.”
“More than 9,000 apprentice and trainee training hours have been undertaken, exceeding the project’s initial commitment by 285 per cent.
“That’s big – big news for drivers, suppliers and the local economy alike.”
The project will widen the highway from two to four lanes, build new northbound and southbound bridges across Norris Creek, install safety upgrades and improve fauna connectivity and protection.
The $75 million Mount Lindesay Highway Stoney Camp Road to Chambers Flat Road upgrade is jointly funded on a 50:50 basis between the Australian and Queensland governments and is scheduled for completion in late 2022.
This investment is estimated to support an average of 80 direct jobs over the life of the project.