Flood resilience works

We are improving the flood immunity and resilience of the state-controlled road network at 10 key sites.

In response to the large scale and economic impacts of the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough flood event in 2019, we are making improvements that will minimise future flood damage and reduce road closures at 10 key sites.


  • Returns local roads
  • Improves flood immunity
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Contributes to economy

Key features

  • Strengthening road surfaces to make them more flood resistant
  • Concreting slopes beside roads to improve run-off
  • Installing larger culverts to improve flood capacity
  • Sealing unsealed sections

Projects in the 2019 Betterment Program 

  • Flinders Highway (Hughenden–Richmond and at Nelia)—both pavement resilience projects were completed in December 2019.
  • Richmond–Winton Road—in-situ stabilisation works were completed in December 2019, with slope and margin works completed in June 2020. Works to seal a previously unsealed 10-kilometre section are expected to be completed in mid-2021.
  • Kennedy Developmental Road (Hughenden–Winton)—concrete batter works were completed in June 2020. Pavement resilience works will continue on the southern section until late 2020.
  • Burke Developmental Road—pavement sealing and resilience works started late April 2020, with completion expected in late 2020.
  • Isabella Creek Bridge (Endeavour Valley Road)—bridge deck resurfacing works are expected to be completed late 2020.
  • Landsborough Highway (Winton–Kynuna)—foam bitumen stabilisation and drainage upgrades are expected to be completed in mid-2021.


Eligible reconstruction works are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).