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14 August, 2021

Roadworks continue across region

MEMBER for Cook Cynthia Lui has provided an update on local roadworks happening around the region.

By Michael Warren

Roadworks on the Kennedy Highway between Mareeba and Atherton. PHOTO SUPPLIED BY ROBINSON CIVIL GROUP.

MEMBER for Cook Cynthia Lui has provided an update on local roadworks happening around the region. 

Ms Lui revealed sealing works on five kilometres of the Burke Developmental Road (BDR) between Almaden and Chillagoe is scheduled to start in September. 

The $14.8 million package is expected to be completed by mid-2022, weather permitting.

When these works are completed, only two sections between Almaden and Chillagoe will remain unsealed.

The mammoth $37.5 million road safety project for the Kennedy Highway between Mareeba and Atherton is underway.

“This particular project will deliver wide centre – line treatment, audio tactile line marking, shoulder widening and safety barriers,” Ms Lui said.

“Works are expected to be completed in early 2022, weather permitting.”

Mareeba shared in a $17.27 million pool for upgrades to five pedestrian crossings on Byrnes Street and installation of town entry treatments at various locations within Mareeba Shire are expected to be completed within the next month.

Ms Lui said these projects supported road safety in the Cook electorate. 

“I recognise the importance of roads to locals and visitors alike – from making it easy for tourists to visit our communities, helping people who live outside major centres to commute easily and safely, to building the economy through improving transport supply chains,” explained Ms Lui. 

“I also understand the importance of ensuring roads are safe. These projects deliver against these objectives.”

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