One of Queensland’s most notorious mountain crossings will be fixed under a Federal-State plan worth $189 million.
The site at Eton Range is in the Federal electorate of Capricornia.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry recently met with the Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss at Eton to confirm the funding to realign the Peak Downs Highway crossing at Eton Range – about 35 minutes west of Mackay.
“This is one of Queensland’s most dangerous blackspots and an important access route for families and freight travelling between the mining communities and Mackay,” Mr Truss said.
“We have seen serious crashes and fatalities across this section of highway which is why this project is so important. It will also be of great economic benefit for the region.
“This project was only partly funded under Labor, leaving this important project in limbo. We’ve done a deal with the (LNP) Queensland government to ensure it gets delivered.”
The project, about 40km south-west of Mackay, will be one of the most complex regional road projects undertaken in Queensland.
Ms Landry said the funding confirmation will be welcomed by local residents, including those who work at Central Queensland’s coal mines and frequently drive the Peak Downs Highway.
“This is a notorious part of the highway and today’s commitment proves that we are getting on with the job of fixing the Eton Range for the benefit of all Central Queenslanders.”
The Eton Range upgrade will cost $189 million, with $166 million from the Federal Government and $24 million from Queensland.