May Downs Road, pave and seal

May Downs Road is the main east-west vital link connector for local commodities, primary producers and the mining sector between eastern centres and Bowen Basin mining communities along the Fitzroy Developmental Road.

A 5km section of May Downs Road, from Carfax Road to Pomegranate Creek Bridge will be sealed to a width of 8m to improve safety, efficiency and wet weather access for all road users.

In addition, the department is undertaking a planning project for further upgrades. This project will investigate priority areas along the remaining unsealed section of road for future upgrades, including progressive paving and sealing.

Once planning is completed, funding and project timelines can be determined. The department is developing a business case to assess and recommend delivery options.


  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Reduces maintenance
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

  • Seals 5km of gravel road to a width of 8m. 
  • Improve regional connectivity between the western and eastern areas of the Isaac Regional Council.
  • Improve drainage. 


May Downs Road, pave and seal - $8 million. Jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis under the Regional Economic Enabling Fund (REEF). Investment ID: 1197713

May Downs Road planning project - $200,000. Funded by the Queensland Government under the Transport System Planning Program (TSPP). This project is not currently funded for design and construction.

Total investment
$8.2 million
Australian Government
$6.4 million
Queensland Government
$1.8 million

Current status

Pave and seal work on a 5km section from Carfax Road to Pomegranate Creek Bridge is due to commence in late July 2022.

A planning project on May Downs Road has identified the following sections for future progressive sealing work:

  • Section A – 7.65km section east of Pomegranate Creek
  • Section B – 4.65km section west of Towarri turn-off
  • Section C – 5.4km section east of Towarri turn-off
  • Section D – 4.2km section west of Isaac River Bridge
  • Section E – 3.3km section north of Isaac River Bridge.
Community consultation

We would like to know your thoughts on the priority areas of May Downs Road. Community consultation opens Monday 18 July 2022 and closes Monday 15 August 2022.

May Downs Road, pave and seal location map

Map showing the location of work to be completed on the May Downs Road.