Flinders Highway (Townsville – Charters Towers), Townsville to Mingela Range (Package 1 and 2), construct overtaking lanes

The Flinders Highway (Townsville to Charters Towers) overtaking lane project delivered 3 new overtaking opportunities to improve safety for motorists.

New dual-direction overtaking lanes (both eastbound and westbound) have been provided about 27km outside of Townsville, while an eastbound overtaking lane has been constructed to complement an existing westbound overtaking lane about 67km outside of Townsville. 

These new overtaking opportunities will allow vehicles to safely pass slow-moving vehicles on this 110km/h section of highway.

The new overtaking lanes have been constructed on a separated carriageway to improve safety. 

In order to accommodate the overtaking lanes and widened pavement, the culverts under the Flinders Highway have been widened.


  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces travel time

Key features

  • New dual-direction overtaking lanes at Barringah.
  • New eastbound overtaking lane at Crimea. 
  • Pavement widening to accommodate wide centre line treatments and reduce the risk of head-on collisions. 
  • Culvert extensions/replacement to accommodate the widened pavement. 


This project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments. Investment ID 1451417

Total investment
$33.39 million
Australian Government
$26.712 million
Queensland Government
$6.678 million

Current status

Construction started in May 2022, and the project was completed in August 2023.

Flinders Highway (Townsville – Charters Towers), Townsville to Mingela Range project location map

New Flinders Highway overtaking lanes project location map.