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 will deliver 3 new overtaking opportunities on this key inland freight route to improve safety for motorists.

New dual-direction overtaking lanes (both east- and west-bound) will be provided about 27km outside of Townsville, while an eastbound overtaking lane will be 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 will be constructed on a separated carriageway to improve safety. 

In order to accommodate the overtaking lanes and widened pavement, a number of culverts under the Flinders Highway will also be widened. 


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

Key features

  • New dual-direction overtaking lanes at Barringah.
  • New east-bound 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. 


Investment ID 1451417

Total investment
$33.39 million
Australian Government
$26.71 million
Queensland Government
$6.68 million

Project status

We are currently calling for construction tenders on the project scope. A construction contract is due to be awarded in early 2022, before construction starts in mid-2022. 

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