The State Government is promising its fifth record roads and transport spend in the 2020-21 Budget, with $26.9 billion allocated through to 2023-24.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the government would lock in a four-year pipeline of works to charge the state’s COVID-19 recovery.
“Over the next four years, Queenslanders will see major projects like the $1 billion Gympie Bypass, $480 million Bruce Highway upgrade between Edmonton and Gordonvale and close to $2 billion in M1 upgrades completed – and some of the state’s largest ever jobs and infrastructure projects kick off,” he said.
“Not only will we build Queensland’s biggest rail project: Cross River Rail, Queensland trains will be built by Queenslanders in Maryborough.
“We have committed a $1 billion rail manufacturing pipeline to lock in long term stable manufacturing jobs in Maryborough and supply chains across Queensland, including in Rockhampton.”
Other key projects included the $1 billion Rockhampton Ring Road, tipped to generate more than 800 local jobs, and upgrades for the inland freight route from Charters Towers to the New South Wales border.
Mr Bailey said the Bruce Highway remained a major focus, with 33 major projects currently underway and continued delivery of the jointly funded $12.6 billion, 15-year upgrade program.
This included a State-funded $100 million boost, helping to improve safety, flood immunity and capacity along this important link between Brisbane and Cairns.
Mr Bailey said QTRIP included $280 million over four years for the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) to support jobs and improve and maintain the local transport network across Queensland.
Mr Bailey said $1.18 billion was allocated to targeted road safety programs, which was critical to reducing road trauma and savings lives.