$14.4 million has been allocated for road upgrades in Queensland to increase safety and usability for heavy vehicles. This is part of the Australian Government’s National Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme which is set to provide $200 million for projects between now and 2019. The $14.4 million grant is spread across five regions with the roads around Emeralad, Portsmith, Roma, Bromelton, Walkamin, and Tumoulin being given the go ahead for improvements and upgrades. The Australian Government is contributing up to 50% of the total funding for these improvements. Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the road upgrades would enable larger vehicles safer and faster transport routes into and out of key regions across the state, thus supporting economic growth and jobs for the future in the selected areas.