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A $1.25 million planning project, which will include spotlighting and prioritising the much-needed upgrades along the Kuranda Range Road, has been announced by the Palaszczuk Government.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the Transport and Main Roads (TMR) project was a major step toward providing the hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors who used the road with a safe and efficient route between Cairns and the Northern Tablelands.

“At the end of this project we will have a very clear idea of what upgrades need to be done, where they need to be done and in what order they need to be done,” Mr Crawford said.

“Then we’ll know what we need to focus on in our planning for improving sections of road between Cairns and the Northern Tablelands, including the Kuranda Range Road.

“There were 131 crashes on the Kuranda Range Road between 2013 and 2018 and 70% of those occurred on the first seven-kilometre stretch out of Smithfield.

“This project, which is expected to start in July, will strategically look at the roads between Cairns and the Northern Tablelands to identify and prioritise upgrades.”

Mr Crawford said a $45 million package of safety upgrades to a 31 kilometre stretch of the Kennedy Highway between Kuranda and Mareeba was also planned under TMR’s High Risk Roads Targeted Road Safety Program.

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