Planning for the upgrade of floodways, widening the Flinders and Barkly highways and stronger bridges have been identified as future transport priorities for North West Queensland
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new North West Queensland Regional Transport Plan puts in place a road map for the future.
"This plan delivers a road map and a clear direction for planning and future investment in North West Queensland's transport network," Mr Bailey said.
The plan covers Mount Isa, Cloncurry, McKinlay, Richmond and Flinders and Mr Bailey said it identified priorities specific to the North West including resilience and durability.
"Councils and industry agree the upgrade of floodways, the strengthening and widening of the Flinders and Barkly highways and the Burke Developmental Road are important to freight, tourism and access to remote communities," he said.
"The strengthening and replacement of bridges are also factored in and longer-term road investment planning in partnership with local councils."
The report says around 6700 vehicles travel through Mount Isa every day and the proportion of heavy vehicles on major freight routes such as the Flinders and Barkly Highways can be up to 50 per cent of all road traffic.
Mr Bailey said more work still needed to be done to repair roads after the February floods including the Western Roads Upgrade Program, flood upgrades throughout the region, and improved safety on the Kennedy Developmental Road and Hughenden's McLaren St intersection.
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