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20 April, 2021

Boogan Road upgrade a boon for freight operators

Widening and strengthening one of Far North Queensland's key B-double freight corridors will keep the big wheels in freight transport rolling to prosperity.

Assistant Minister for Regional Roads Bruce Saunders said the Palaszczuk Government’s $7.1 million investment would make Boogan Road safer for local road users and heavy vehicle freight operators.

"Boogan Road is a major freight and B-double heavy vehicle route linking the Bruce Highway with the Kennedy Highway and Kennedy Developmental Road," Mr Saunders said.

“Improving Boogan Road will result in long-term economic benefits through improved efficiency, capacity, and resilience.

"Early works to relocate water mains, power lines, telecommunication lines and optic fibres will take place before construction starts.

“Road widening will start near the Bruce Highway and progress in stages to minimise disruption.

"This Palaszczuk Government project is estimated to support an average of 12 direct jobs over the life of the project at a time when maintaining jobs has never been more critical."  

He said works would begin in late 2021 with the project expected to be completed in 2022, weather permitting.

"I thank property owners for their patience while these important works are carried out," Mr Saunders said.

"The Queensland Government has allocated $21.3 million to Far North District as part of its $400 million roads stimulus package to deliver infrastructure projects and priority safety upgrades.

"The stimulus package will support infrastructure construction jobs across Queensland through shovel-ready projects and priority safety upgrades to help the economy as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic."

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