$3.5m boost for Mulgrave Road and Brown Street, Cairns

The Palaszczuk Government has today announced it will invest $3.5 million to upgrade Mulgrave Road and Brown Street after unveiling its $400 million COVID-19 roads recovery package.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the multi-million dollar injection would create 10 jobs for local business and go towards upgrading culverts, ensuring the continued safety of motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and cyclists.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the recovery package during parliament, which will see the new funding join a multi-billion dollar pipeline of transport and roads upgrades being built right now across Queensland.

“This upgrade will ensure the safety of families, bus commuters and businesses who use these roads as a major transport route connecting the Bruce Highway from the south of Cairns to the CBD.” Mr Healy said.

“This road carries 35,000 vehicles per day, four per cent of which are heavy vehicles.

These upgraded culverts will ensure the continued safety of local motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and cyclists” he said.

The $3.5 million announcement today builds on other FNQ upgrades including the $481 million Bruce Highway upgrade from Edmonton to Gordonvale, the $152 million Smithfield Bypass, $104 million Cairns Southern Access project from Kate to Aumuller Street, the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development and the Cairns Western Arterial Road – Harley Street Intersection upgrade.

“This project will not only keep our community safe but will back local jobs and businesses who need it now more than ever.

“This great news comes on top of more than $1.45 billion for roads and transport in the region, helping business and more than 1,000 jobs – and it’s important that we make sure those jobs are maintained now more than ever” Mr Healy said.

The $400 million roads recovery package will also see $200 million invested across Queensland to widen older, narrower roads plus rollout more sealing roads and upgrades to bridges, to support jobs right across the State.

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