Up­grade of Hann start­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

WORKS on the $ 53.32 mil­lion Hann High­way up­grades will be­gin to­day, with the project set to de­liver a more re­li­able freight and tourist route for North Queens­land.

Re­sources and North­ern Aus­tralia Min­is­ter Se­na­tor Matthew Cana­van will be on site to­day to see the first sod turned, with up­grades in­clud­ing seal­ing and widen­ing works.

In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester said the up­grades were vi­tal eco­nom­i­cally for the re­gion.

“Th­ese works are also go­ing to be im­por­tant to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, with Flin­ders and Etheridge shire councils car­ry­ing out some of the works, which have indigenous em­ploy­ment and pro­cure­ment tar­gets,” he said.

More than 42km of the Kennedy De­vel­op­men­tal Road will be sealed be­tween The Lynd and Hugh­en­den and 3.4km would be widened be­tween Mount Gar­net and The Lynd.

Queens­land Main Roads and Road Safety Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley said the up­grade to the Hann High­way would im­prove travel times and safety.

“Widen­ing works be­tween Mount Gar­net and the Lynd are ex­pected to be com­pleted by early 2018, and the pro­gres­sive seal­ing works be­tween The Lynd and Hugh­en­den are ex­pected to be com­pleted by late 2019, weather per­mit­ting.”

Mr Cana­van said about 130 jobs would be cre­ated over the life of this project.

“... And there’ll also be spinoff ben­e­fits for other in­dus­tries,” he said.

Dar­ren Ch­ester.

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