- Upgrade to improve safety and quality of key route for businesses and residents
- Works will include six sections of pavement rehabilitation totalling up to 8km
- $2.9m project funded by Australian and Queensland governments and Isaac Council
Nearly $3 million is being invested to ensure a key corridor between Dysart and Moranbah is upgraded to better connect communities and businesses in the region.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said works to fix the road pavement along six sections of Saraji Road, totalling up to eight kilometres, would start rolling out this month.
“This is just one example of the Australian Government’s commitment to improving roads across the Isaac Council region, with more than $9.9 million being invested in the area between 2014 and 2019 under the Roads to Recovery program,” Mr Chester said.
“Saraji Road is one of the region’s key freight corridors and this project will make the road safer, improve the longevity of the road pavement and help save money on future maintenance costs.”
Acting Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Steven Miles said the project would support regional industries such as mining and grazing.
“This is a road that is critical to local residents and industry alike, with significant heavy vehicle traffic supporting the region’s businesses. That is why the Queensland Government is supporting these upgrades to the tune of $1.05 million under our Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme,” Mr Miles said.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Australian Government had committed $880,000 for the project under Roads to Recovery.
“This is an example of how Australian Government’s nationwide investment in local and regional roads is supporting industries and jobs at the local level, when jobs and job security are more important than ever. Helping to fund these works underpins the region’s economic activity and lifts the load from the Council and ratepayers,” Ms Landry said.
“More broadly, our nationwide commitment to Roads to Recovery has been maintained, with $4.4 billion from 2013–14 to 2020–21 committed to the construction, repair and upgrade of local roads.”
Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said the upgrades would make life easier for those living in the coalfields region.
“In a remote area like this, road upgrades mean a lot to locals. Keeping local infrastructure up to scratch is one of the best ways to ensure residents can maintain their quality of life, regardless of where they live,” Mr Pearce said.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said multiple sections of Saraji Road would undergo works, with sections to be upgraded varying from 360 metres to 1.8 kilometres in length.
“The project will include a gravel overlay, cement stabilisation plus the reinstatement of bitumen seal, pavement markings and roadside equipment. Works will also include the replacement of a guardrail system at the Peak Downs Mine Road and BMA haul road underpass,” Cr Baker said.
Works are due for completion in January 2018, weather permitting. The $2.9 million Saraji Road Rehabilitation Project is jointly funded by the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery program ($880,000), the Queensland Government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme ($1.05 million) and Isaac Regional Council ($1.05 million).