Queensland has the longest state-controlled road network in Australia with 33,350 kilometres of roads. Well planned and managed transport networks bring communities together and services closer, and support commerce and industry – all signs of a healthy, robust economy.
Bruce Highway: Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway – $929.3 million
Construction is under way to increase safety and ease congestion for around 40,000 motorists daily. $743 million has been secured from the Australian Government for this vital piece of infrastructure.
Ipswich Motorway: Rocklea to Darra upgrade
The Queensland and Australian governments are providing $36 million for stage 1 of this $400 million upgrade. It will include:
- two extra lanes (moving from four to six lanes)
- seven new bridges and a new connection over the Oxley Creek floodplain
- a new connection from the Rocklea industrial precinct to Oxley commercial and retail areas.
Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme
As part of the 2016-17 Budget commitment to Building our Regions, the Queensland Government committed a $90 million boost to the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme to commence in 2017-18. The scheme will provide additional support to local government transport infrastructure for three years.
Communities in the far north need reliable, efficient and affordable transport to bring people together, boost productivity and employment, and improve access to education and health services. The Budget provides $8.3 million over two years for the Local Fare Scheme, giving Cape York and Torres Strait communities access to affordable flights. A further $2 million in 2017-18 will deliver a twelve-month trial of the scheme in the Western Cape.