Minster for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey.
Minster for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey. Patrick Woods

Eight Mile overpass inches closer to reality

AN OVERPASS at the Eight Mile is a step closer to being constructed after $17.6 million was assigned to the intersection in the Federal Budget.

The money will be matched by a $4.4 million contribution from the Queensland Government.

It is part of a $170 million roadwork and safety upgrade package earmarked for the Cunningham Highway.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads produced a business case for the intersection, which ultimately suggested an overpass was the best solution.

Detailed design for the intersection is under way and expected to be complete by June this year.

However, the Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey stopped short of confirming that an overpass was a certainty.

"Most of the $17.6 million in this week's Federal budget for the Eight Mile intersection won't be available until 2021-22,” he said.

"The final option for the intersection will be determined during the detailed design phase of any future upgrade project.

"There was also $170 million in this week's budget for the Cunningham Highway more generally but Maranoa MP David Littleproud or his Federal Coalition colleagues have not provided any more details about what the money is for.

"They have a bit of time to tell the Queensland Government though, because $114 million of that $170 million won't be available until at least 2023-24 or beyond.”

About $28 million of the $170 will be spent on safety upgrades.