Works to reconstruct and improve flood-damaged sections of the Flinders Highway following the devastating February 2019 floods have now been completed.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said road work teams had worked tirelessly to repair damaged sections of this vital link before the wet season.
“I thank everyone who has been working on these repairs for their long days and dedication in getting the job done,” Mr Littleproud said.
"These repairs have improved this vital stretch of road, ensuring rural and remote
communities across North-West Queensland remain connected.
"Almost 22 kilometres of the Flinders Highway have been repaired under a $12.6 million package of projects jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements."
Works started in September to repair sections of the Flinders Highway between Hughenden and Richmond in the Richmond Shire Council area, and Richmond to Julia Creek in the McKinlay Shire Council area. Further road rehabilitation then started on other sections in October.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said works would improve the flood resilience of the highway in these areas and included stabilising damaged pavement, shoulder repairs and drainage works.
"In addition to the disaster repairs, betterment works have been carried out to improve the flood resilience of this critical route from Mount Isa through to Townsville," Mr Bailey said.
"These betterment works included a full-width road reconstruction and a modified seal to reduce the risk of damage in future floods.
"TMR has worked closely with transport industry stakeholders to facilitate road access and ensure the continued movement of vital freight and resources across North and North West Queensland.
"I would like to thank all motorists, residents and business for their patience during these critical repairs to the network."