Peak Downs Highway
Peak Downs Highway Tony Martin

$700m LNP plan for Peak Downs, Gregory highways

A $700 MILLION upgrade to sections to the Peak Downs and Gregory highways, west of Mackay and Rockhampton, could be on the books under a new LNP government strategy.

The upgrades were one of a number of plans under consideration as part of the newly launched InfrastructureQ Directions Statement.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney announced the strategy on Wednesday at an Infrastructure Association of Queensland business breakfast but said the full details would not be available until 2015.

He said InfrastructureQ was aimed at delivering better infrastructure state-wide, particularly in key sectors such as transport and education.

The statement outlined the long-term benefits an upgrade to the Peak Downs and Gregory highways would bring to the surrounding communities.

The adjoining highways serve as the principal freight gateways to the Bowen and Galilee basins, as well as working as strategic links for road freight, tourism and agriculture.

The potential upgrade modelling drafted by the government included road widening, flood immunity works, timber bridge replacements and pavement strengthening.

- APN NEWSDESK



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