Eton Range Realignment open to traffic
Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the road realignment was a significant upgrade to a critical part of the Peak Downs Highway.
“This upgrade will encourage even more investment in the region as it will improve the connection between the Bowen and Galilee Basin coal mines and Mackay businesses,” he said.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project supported about 300 jobs during construction.
Now it would support the vital freight movement and industries that made up Mackay and Isaac region’s $36 billion economy, he said.
“It’s great to see Queensland ingenuity and hard work at play on this project, with 295 workers reducing the road’s gradient to 7.5 per cent , while also building an engineering marvel – a reinforced embankment measuring 780m long and 45m high at its highest point,” he said.
“Safer, quicker access from our resource provinces to the Mackay port and Bruce Highway is absolutely crucial to getting our economy going again as we come out the other side of COVID-19."
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