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More than $76 million in funding for four key road projects in north Queensland has been approved under the Federal Government’s Northern Australia Roads Program (NARP).
The funding has been approved for pavement strengthening and widening on the Flinders Highway from Townsville to Torrens Creek ($13.6 million), and the replacement of seven ageing culverts from Charters Towers to Richmond ($20 million).
Works will also go ahead on the Kennedy Development Road where 3.4 kilometres of pavement will be widened to two lanes between Mount Garnet and The Lynd ($2.66 million), and progressive sealing of sections will take place from The Lynd to Hughenden ($40 million).
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said the $600 million NARP would improve productivity in the north.
Construction on each of the four projects is due to start in mid-2017.
Pavement widening between Mount Garnet and the Lynd is expected to be completed by late 2017 and sealing works between the Lynd and Hughenden are expected to be completed in 2020.
Works between Townsville and Torrens Creek are expected to be completed by early 2019, while upgrades to culverts between Charters Towers and Richmond are expected to be completed by late 2019.
The Queensland Government will contribute up to $5 million to the Charters Towers to Richmond works, $3.4 million to the Townsville to Torrens Creek project, $10 million to the Lynd to Hughenden works and $660,000 to the Mount Garnet to the Lynd works.