The Queensland Government is spending $1.7 billion over four years to replace the state’s entire asphalt supply.
As the Government says it will be able to continue to service roads, bridges, rail and other public infrastructure in the state until 2032, the cost of replacing asphalt is expected to be about $3 billion.
Asphalt is a soft, flexible, porous material that is used to cover roads and pavements to prevent moisture, dust and grime from settling.
In the past, the Government has invested more than $3 million in the replacement of roads.
The State Government says the new investment will be used to:Build new roads for the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania.
Reduce the use of asphalt and install new, more cost effective materials to meet new standards.
Improve road design.
The Queensland Government will use the money to replace asphalt in the Northern Territories, South Australian, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, South Africa, Western Cape, Queensland Territory, New Zealand and South Korea.
In South Australia alone, the Department of Transport estimates the state will need $2.7 million to replace its entire asphalt stock, or more than 100,000 kilometres of roads, by 2032.
The cost of road maintenance is one of the Government’s most important expenses.
The Government has committed to spend $100 million in capital expenditure in 2018-19 to upgrade and modernise the state road network.
Roads Minister Wayne Swan says the Government is committed to improving the quality of roads in Queensland, and is working to modernise roads to improve the efficiency of the state Government’s operations.
Road Safety Queensland director Mike Harker says the State Government has done a lot to improve road safety in the last decade, but says the state still needs to improve.
“We’ve got a long way to go, but the road safety sector is improving across the state and we’re investing a lot of money into improving road safety across the whole state,” he said.
The state Government has already announced the construction of a new $1 billion network of high-occupancy vehicle lanes, the construction and upgrade of more than 500 kilometres of high speed, separated cycle tracks and the completion of a $1-billion bridge across the Yarra River.
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