Further works are on the horizon as part of the Cooktown to Weipa Corridor Upgrade, also known as the Cape York Region Package (CYRP) Stage 2, with the contract for the Archer River Crossing Southern Approach project now awarded to Decmil.
Part of the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, the upgrade is a $237.5 million program of works jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project will involve a 2.8-kilometre bitumen seal leading to the Archer River Crossing, giving motorists a smoother and safer journey along the route.
“Decmil has more than 40 years’ experience delivering construction and engineering projects across Australia and we are very pleased to work with them on this important project in Cape York,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“Today’s announcement is another example of the Australian Government’s nationwide $4.9 billion investment in the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative being delivered.”
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project would bring jobs to the area and boost the local economy, as part of the Queensland Government’s $27.5 million roads and transport budget.
“Thanks to Queensland’s strong response to COVID-19, we can get on with the job of delivering important road projects like this,” Mr Bailey said.
“As with all projects, we seek to create local employment and training opportunities for workers, suppliers and businesses in the area.
“Another important aspect of the CYRP project is our ongoing partnership with the Traditional Owner group in creating economic opportunities for First Nations communities.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said projects such as this supported the community’s economic future.
“Nationwide, we are investing in projects like this to help connect regional businesses to local and international markets, and better link up regional communities – to help secure our economic recovery,” Mr Buchholz said.
Federal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch said that the works are an investment in the community, supporting employment and tourism in the area.
“It is expected that an average of 19 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project,” Mr Entsch said.
“The Archer River crossing has been a major impediment in connectivity for the Cape and this upgrade is a major step forward in providing all weather access for residents and tourists.”
State Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the $237.5 million stage of the CYRP was a big win for the Far North.
“Not only does Stage 2 of the project deliver crucial infrastructure in the Cape over the next five years, but it builds on the $276 million already spent in the region over the past five years,” Ms Lui said.
“Every Queenslander deserves safe and reliable roads, so it’s great to see the number of unsealed roads in the region reduced.
“With less maintenance needed, locals and tourists alike can get out and explore everything Cape York has to offer.”