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    Minister for Main Roads and Local Government
    The Honourable Warren Pitt

    Record spending to maintain Queensland’s roads

    Minister for Main Roads and Local Government
    The Honourable Warren Pitt

    Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    Record spending to maintain Queensland’s roads

    A record funding commitment will help preserve and maintain road infrastructure across Queensland in 2008-09, Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt said today.

    In 2008-09, $461 million will be invested in maintenance and preservation of Queensland’s state-controlled road network – a record commitment and an increase of $31 million on funding allocated for 2007-08.

    Mr Pitt said the funding would continue to ensure a safe and efficient network for Queenslanders.

    “The state of Queensland is responsible for more than 33,550 kilometres of road, carrying up to 80 per cent of the state’s traffic,” Mr Pitt said.

    “It’s Queensland’s single largest built community asset, with an expected value of $37.285 billion as at the end of 2007-08.

    “Preserving this valuable asset, and keeping Queensland’s roads and bridges safe, is a continuing priority for 2008-09.

    “This funding will target priority stretches of road across the state, with safety the key objective.”

    Next financial year’s funding for maintenance and preservation will drive Queensland’s rigorous and targeted maintenance regime, and help tackle a substantial program of maintenance work.

    “Under the Howard Government, spending on maintenance on federally funded roads in Queensland was largely static for a decade, and even declined in 2007-08,” Mr Pitt said.

    "I'm encouraged by the recent federal Budget, which saw maintenance funding for Queensland's portion of the AusLink network restored to pre 2007-08 levels.

    “In 2008-09, almost $68 million in Australian Government funding will be spent on maintenance of federal roads, with another $9 million available under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Scheme.”

    The State Budget spend includes a further $71 million for road operations across the state, including intelligent transport systems (ITS) initiatives such as the STREAMS traffic management system.

    The state-of-the-art STREAMS platform is used to co-ordinate traffic signals, manage motorway operations, enable incident management and provide traveller information systems.

    The 2008-09 capital investment for roads of $3.235 billion – including Queensland Motorways Limited and RoadTek – is a six per cent increase on the 2007-08 Budget.

    The funding increase will involve capital expenditure of more than $60 million on Queensland roads each week throughout 2008-09.

    The record spending includes:
    • $2.462 billion for Main Roads' capital works program
    • $682 million for works being delivered by Queensland Motorways Limited, including the $1.88 billion Gateway Upgrade Project
    • $51 million in grants to local governments for local road improvements, as part of the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS).

    Media contact: Minister Pitt’s Office 3227 8819