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The construction contract for the $186.6 million Walkerston Bypass project has been awarded to Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd.

The $186.6 million project will receive up to $149.28 million in funding from the Australian Government and up to $37.32 million from the Queensland Government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said this milestone pushes the project closer a reality.

“This project will deliver a new two-lane highway connection between the Peak Downs Highway, west of Walkerston and the Mackay Ring Road, near Paget,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Once complete, Queenslanders will enjoy more efficient, safer journeys. Additionally, it will boost the region’s economy, supporting an estimated 235 jobs during construction.

“This is another example of how the Australian Government is getting the job done and delivering the infrastructure Queenslanders need through our record $110 billion infrastructure plan.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the 10.6-kilometre link between the Bruce and Peak Downs highways would divert heavy vehicles away from Walkerston.

“The bypass will improve safety for local residents, by removing heavy vehicle traffic out of the town’s centre and away from local schools and businesses,” Minister Bailey said.

“Construction of the Walkerston Bypass is an important step towards improving efficiency from Mackay to the mining communities in the Bowen Basin.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the project complements other road projects currently underway in the region.

“Since 2013 the Australian Government has committed to delivering more than $14 billion in regional road improvements across Queensland, supporting more than 30,000 jobs and boosting the economy,” Ms Landry said.

“We are also delivering $852 million to jointly fund the $1 billion Rockhampton Ring Road Project, which will improve safety and easy congestion by taking trucks off local streets, while also improving flood immunity.

“We have already delivered the $497.3 million Mackay Ring Road, with a $397.9 million federal commitment.

“The Australian Government will continue to invest in and deliver the road infrastructure projects that matter to locals, tourists, businesses and freight operators.”

The new link will follow Stockroute Road from the Bruce Highway before it deviates south at the western end and joins the Peak Downs Highway.

The Walkerston Bypass is scheduled for completion in late 2024.

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