Albo unlocks funding to complete highway planning

Transport minister approves $13.5 million to complete planning of Peak Downs Highway upgrade, which involves fixing notorious Eton Range

August 23, 2012

The Federal Government has approved $13.5 million in funding to complete planning and design work on the Peak Down Highways upgrade, which includes fixing the notorious Eton Range.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says the funds come from the Government’s mining tax and form part of a $120 million project to straighten and flatten the highway over the Eton Range.

About 4,000 motorists and truck drivers use the stretch of road each day. Albanese says there have been three fatalities and six serious injuries over the last eight years.

"The detailed planning and design work, along with the associated community consultations, will be undertaken by the Queensland Main Roads Department and take up to 24 months to complete, with construction to begin in 2015," Albanese says.

"The upgrade of the Peak Downs Highway couldn’t come at a better time. After all, this road is the main link between the booming resource rich Bowen Basin and the Queensland coast."

Albanese says the upgrade to the Eton Range is in addition to work completed in 2009, which involved the installation of three new overtaking lanes and a widening of the road between Cut Creek and Retreat Hotel.

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