Cloncurry bypass

The Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland, Australia, has started construction work on a heavy vehicles bypass in Cloncurry to improve driving conditions, support heavy vehicle transportation and develop the region economically.

The fully federally funded project work will include the construction of 4.4km bypass road to cater for heavy mining trucks and road trains, as well as upgrade the intersections with the Flinders Highway, install a new intersection and widen Railway Street.

Australian Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said that the federal government collaborated with the Cloncurry Shire Council to construct the bypass and upgrade the intersections.

"After more than a year of detailed planning, community consultations and preconstruction activities, we have today pressed the start button on a project which will make this historic North West Queensland town an even better place to live, work and raise a family," Albanese added.

Cloncurry Shire Council Mayor Andrew Daniels said the bypass is no longer an aspiration or a line on the map.

"It will soon be a real road delivering real benefits, including safer, quicker driving conditions and up to 350 fewer trucks a day rumbling through the town," Daniels added.

"The project will also widen Railway Street, as well as install new intersections at Railway Street, the Flinders Highway and Sir Hudson Fysh Drive.

"It will bring real benefit to our community and our Town."

Image: The Cloncurry bypass will improve driving conditions for heavy vehilces and aid in economic development. Photo: courtesey of the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport.