NORTH Queensland Bulk Ports has announced a $4-million investment in a roadworks package for the Port of Mackay.

Five roads within and outside of the port secure area will be resurfaced as part of the project.

These include Ken White Avenue, George Bell Drive and Hamilton Drive (inside the port) and Edmund Casey Drive and Spiller Avenue (outside the port).

Local Mackay-based companies RPQ Mackay and Boral Resources (QLD) have been awarded construction contracts to undertake the works.

NQBP CEO Brendan Webb said the Port of Mackay has experienced record trade growth in recent years, due in part to its role as a leading service centre for agricultural and mining industries.

“We regularly seek opportunities to invest in infrastructure improvements to ensure ongoing safety and efficiency of the port to accommodate this growth,” he said.

“A significant part of this infrastructure is our transport network which includes roads within the port and our connections to the regional freight network.”

To minimise impacts to road users, the majority of works will occur between 1800 and 0600 with traffic management in place.

Mr Webb said to expect changed road conditions during the project, but access to port businesses and North Wall beach would be maintained.

“We ask that all road users follow the signage and traffic control advice to ensure safe travel through the construction areas,” he said.

Works are due to begin this week and are estimated to be completed by August 2024, weather permitting.