Motorists heading to the Daintree can now travel safely thanks to improvements on Mossman-Daintree Road.
This project is funded under the Australian Government’s $3 billion Road Safety Program.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the works delivered safety improvements between Atherton Street and Newell Road in North Mossman.
“The works are part of a package of upgrades across Far North Queensland, with a combined funding of $44.1 million from the Road Safety Program,” Mr Joyce said.
“The Australian Government has committed $110 billion nationwide under our record infrastructure investment plan, keeping our communities safe, while securing our economic recovery.
“We have committed to 167 projects across all three tranches of the Road Safety Program, supporting over 1,290 local jobs.
“This project demonstrates the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to life-saving road
safety treatments on regional roads to give greater protection to vulnerable road users.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the safety works, which included shoulder widening and wide centre line treatments, would reduce head-on crashes.
“We want every Queenslander to get home safer and sooner, which is why we will continue to invest in important projects like this one,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Queensland Government will deliver $27.5 billion in road and transport infrastructure over the next four years, with over $1.7 billion to be delivered in the Far North alone.
“The completed work is the first part of an $8 million project on Mossman-Daintree Road under the Road Safety Program.”
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said completion of works on Mossman-Daintree Road means that road-users can now experience a smoother and more enjoyable journey.
“I am delighted to see that all those who were involved in the project are now able to see the significant benefits of their hard work,” Mr Entsch said.
“I am pleased to see Far North Queensland benefitting from investment of $174.7 million in joint funding through Tranche 2 of the Road Safety Program to enable upgrades to be completed in the 2021-22 financial year, with more to follow soon in Tranche 3.”
State Cook MP Cynthia Lui said the works complemented other road safety projects currently underway in the region.
“The Queensland Government is delivering $17.5 billion in regional road improvements, supporting 15,870 jobs,” Ms Lui said.
“We’ve already seen construction kick off on Peninsula Developmental Road, through the $237.5 million Cape York Regional Package Stage 2 project.
“And we are continuing to deliver upgrades along the Kennedy Highway to benefit locals, tourists and industry alike.”
The Mossman-Daintree Road works are jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis, with the Australian Government contributing $6.4 million and the Queensland Government contributing $1.6 million.
The program aims to improve safety on the state-controlled road network with locations selected based on a history of crashes and key safety concerns.
For more information on the project visit tmr.qld.gov.au.
For more information on the Australian Government’s road safety investments and initiatives visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au.