Peninsula Developmental Road

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Peninsula Developmental Road
Queensland
Major roads in northern Queensland
Map of the Cape York Peninsula, with Peninsula Developmental Road highlighted in green
General information
Type Rural road
Length 571 km (355 mi)
Route number(s) State Route 81
Major junctions
Northwest end Weipa
  Bamaga Road (Telegraph Road)
Southeast end Lakeland
Location(s)
Major settlements Coen

The Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) runs 571 km from Lakeland to Weipa.[1] It is the main road transport link within Cape York Peninsula and to the rest of the Australian mainland.

The segment from Weipa Town to 43 km south of the town is within the Rio Tinto[2] mine lease. The 43 km within the Rio Tinto mine lease boundary is not part of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads controlled road. The department excluded this 43 km section from its official PDR calculations.[3]

The segment from Lakeland to the Rio Tinto boundary is 466 km and is under Transport and Main Roads control.

Road conditions[edit]

320.5 km of 571 km from Lakeland to Weipa is currently unsealed road (as of March 2016).[4]

The condition of the unsealed road is highly variable. Mud, sand, dust, gravel and dirt corrugations are some of the road conditions subject to change of weather conditions.

A five-year program of sealing work joint funded by the Federal and State governments through the Cape York Region Package[5] commenced in 2014. As of December, 2015, 68.8 km of new road has been sealed through the Cape York Region Package.[6]

List of towns, localities and points of interest along the highway[edit]

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes
Cook Lakeland 0 0.0 Mulligan Highway (State Route 81) - south - Mareeba /
Mulligan Highway (State Route 40) - north - Cooktown
South-eastern end of Peninsula Developmental Road (State Route 81)
Weipa Weipa 571 355 Hibberd Drive - north - Weipa Town Authority North-western end of Peninsula Developmental Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hema Maps (2010). Cape York Regional Map (11 ed.). Eight Mile Plains, Qld: Hema Maps. ISBN 978-1-86500-227-9. 
  2. ^ "Weipa - Rio Tinto". riotinto.com. 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  3. ^ Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (2016-01-12). "Cape York Region Package". tmr.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  4. ^ Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (2016-01-12). "Cape York Region Package". tmr.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  5. ^ Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (2016-01-12). "Cape York Region Package". tmr.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  6. ^ Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (2016-01-12). "Cape York Region Package". tmr.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-02-25.