Transport and Roads Investment Program 2020–21 to 2023–24
Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) 2020-21 to 2023-24 highlights the Queensland Government’s commitment to key infrastructure projects across the state over the next four years. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that building on record investment and projects like the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Bypass, the $497 million Mackay Ring Road, M1 upgrades in Logan and on the Gold Coast, and Peninsula Developmental Road upgrades as well as a $12.6 billion jointly-funded Bruce Highway plan, the government would lock in a focussed four-year pipeline of works as part of the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan. The Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program is aimed at keeping Queensland connected, and is estimated to support an average of approximately 23,600 direct jobs over the life of the program.
This year’s QTRIP commits a further $100 million state funding injection to the Bruce Highway, which will focus on upgrades between Mackay and Proserpine, and between Gladstone and Rockhampton. In north Queensland, the additional investment highlighted in QTRIP will make the Bruce Highway safer and more resilient with the Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stages 3 and 4, and the Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) project. On the Sunshine Coast, construction will continue on the interchange upgrade of the Bruce Highway at Maroochydore Road, and we will start six-laning between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way. QTRIP 2020-21 to 2023-24 also continues to invest in active transport options, like bike riding and walking, that contribute to Queenslanders’ quality of life and improve accessibility to the transport network. In addition, QTRIP is bolstering TMR’s commitment to road safety with over $1 billion for dedicated and targeted initiatives. The department will continue to improve the safety of the state’s roads by providing dedicated infrastructure improvement programs that deliver high-benefit treatments to address known and potential crash sites. To further embed safety improvements in the road network, Transport and Main Roads has recently implemented a road safety policy to ensure safety standards are actively applied in the planning and design of all road infrastructure projects undertaken by the department.