Kennedy Highway (Mareeba - Atherton), targeted road safety improvements

This project will deliver safety upgrades to about 21km of the Kennedy Highway between Mareeba and Atherton.

The Kennedy Highway is a strategic link in Queensland's state-controlled road network connecting mining, agriculture and tourism activities across multiple townships in Far North Queensland.

This project will improve safety and network efficiency to reduce fatalities and serious injury crashes on this road.


  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

  • Install wide centre line treatment to reduce the risk of head-on crashes by separating oncoming traffic lanes.
  • Install audio tactile line marking (centre line and edge lines) to reduce the risk of fatigue-related crashes by providing noise when vehicles veer onto audible lines.
  • Install shoulder widening and safety barriers to reduce the risk of serious injuries caused by an out-of-control vehicle leaving the road.
  • Upgrade key intersections to include turning lanes, bike lanes, and improved lighting and line marking.


The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments as part of the $415 million Roads Infrastructure Stimulus Package. Investment ID 1698512

Total investment
$37.5 million
Australian Government
$30 million
Queensland Government
$7.5 million

Current status

Stage 1 of the works between Kennedy Highway (Cairns  Mareeba) intersection and Vicary Road, Mareeba has been completed.

Wide centre line treatment works are currently being carried out between Vicary Road, Mareeba, and the start of the 80 km/h zone into Tolga.

Intersection works are currently being carried out at key intersections between Mareeba and Tolga. 

Project map

Map showing the project area from Mareeba to Tolga on the Kennedy Highway