Flood resilience works

The department has improved 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, TMR has made improvements to minimise future flood damage and reduce road closures at 10 key sites.


  • Improves flood immunity
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Contributes to economy
  • Restores damaged infrastructure

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 10km section were completed in May 2021.
  • Kennedy Developmental Road (Hughenden–Winton)—concrete batter works were completed in June 2020. Pavement resilience works on the southern section were completed in mid-March 2021.
  • Burke Developmental Road—pavement sealing and resilience works started late April 2020 and were completed in mid-November 2020.
  • Isabella Creek Bridge (Endeavour Valley Road)—bridge deck resurfacing works were completed in early December 2020.
  • Landsborough Highway (Winton–Kynuna)—foam bitumen stabilisation was completed in late July 2021.


Assistance will be provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).