Upgrade of Hann starting
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.