Construction now underway on Stage 2 of QLD Kennedy Hwy safety upgrade

Monica Gameng   |   June 1, 2021

The next stage of works on the $37.5 million Kennedy Highway safety upgrade between Mareeba and Atherton is now underway, with more jobs expected to be supported through this project. 

This project is being funded through the Roads Infrastructure Stimulus Package initiative. 

“The Kennedy Highway is a strategic link in Queensland's road network, connecting mining, agriculture and tourism across Far North. 

“Improving road safety and efficiency has far reaching benefits – for industry, holiday makers and local residents,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said. 

The State Government has worked with the Australian Government to fast track the funding for this significant project which will help drive Queensland's economic recovery. 

“We are pressing on with infrastructure projects right across the state, including this second stage of the Kennedy Highway safety upgrades. 

“We have a local company, Robinson Civil Group, delivering this stage of works and an average of 121 jobs are being supported by the project at a time when maintaining jobs has never been more critical,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said. 

In addition to jobs creation and delivery of important safety upgrades, this project will also bring in a positive boost to the Far North Queensland economy. 

“Roads are so important on the Tablelands due to the large amount of farm machinery and trucks carrying livestock and produce. 

“By widening priority sections of the road to an 11-metre seal width, this will create a safe environment for motorists and reduce fatalities and serious injury crashes on this road,” Senator for Queensland Susan McDonald said. 

Stage 2 of the Kennedy Highway upgrade will get underway between Vicary Road, Mareeba and the beginning of the 80km/h zone into Tolga. 

“We welcome this upgrade, with wide centre lines, audio tactile markings, wider shoulders and new safety barriers,” State Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said. 

According to Robinson Civil Group CEO Caytlyn Mead, the company is looking forward to working with the Queensland Government to deliver safer and better roads. 

“Our goal is to support the local community, strengthen local industry, and grow the skilled workforce in regional Far North Queensland,” Ms Mead said. 

kennedy-highway-projectProject alignment (source: Department of Transport and Main Roads)

The Kennedy Highway road safety upgrade between Mareeba and Atherton will include: 

  • Installation of wide centre line treatment to reduce the risk of head-on crashes by separating oncoming traffic lanes 
  • Installation of audio tactile line marking (centre line and edge line) to reduce risk of fatigue-related crashes by providing noise when vehicles veer onto audible lines 
  • Shoulder widening and installation of safety barriers to reduce the risk of serious injuries cause by an out-of-control vehicle leaving the road 

Weather permitting, construction is expected to be completed by early 2022. 

This Kennedy Highway safety upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, each contributing $30 million and $7.5 million respectively. 

Source: Queensland Government – Media Statements; Queensland Government – Department of Transport and Main Roads; Queensland Country Life

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