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Key freight transport link for resource industries on track in QLD

  • Posted on Thursday 17th, September 2020.

Works to repair nine floodways along Gladstone-Monto Road have reached an important milestone according to the Federal Government.

With culverts now built at all sites, Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said he is delighted reconstruction was progressing well after recurring flood damage in recent years.

“Gladstone-Monto Road is part of the key freight transport link for the Boyne Valley community and is an important heavy vehicle route servicing the local resources sector,” Littleproud said in a statement."

In addition to repairing flood damage along this route, it is understood the project will support regional jobs and Queensland’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The route is considered crucial for truck drivers and the Gladstone $5.6 billion regional economy.

In addition to replacing the concrete floodways, the project has seen installation of rock batter protection with road approaches also realigned.

“Works will also upgrade the capacity of the floodways to provide an improved waterway fish passage and better promote a healthy ecosystem," said Littleproud.

“Increasing the culvert size will provide a secondary benefit of facilitating increased flows during flood events.”

Projects such as this in addition to $5 million locked in earlier this year by the Queensland and Australian governments to upgrade three floodways were made possible thanks to a $1 billion roads package according to Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.

“Last year, I met with a delegation from the local community to discuss the road and potential upgrades to support the local businesses and road safety," he said.

“Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher has also been an advocate for the road and community, and I’m glad that we’ve listened and have been able to deliver upgrades to this road,” said Bailey.

Butcher said it was great to see the project progressing, supporting jobs and bolstering flood resilience following the completion of a $1.7 million upgrade to Gladstone-Monto Road between Nagoorin and Ubobo.

“As the local member for Gladstone, I know just how important this road is not only for the local communities but also our industries, truck drivers and $5.6 billion regional economy,” he said.

“Base slabs and box culverts have now been built at each of the nine floodways, and the next stages will involve embankment and road works, rock stabilisation, road sealing and landscaping works.

Complementary works, in conjunction with the reconstruction project, are also being delivered to enhance the resilience of the road to better accommodate heavy vehicles.

“The complementary works include building foamed bitumen road on the floodway approaches and widening all nine floodways, with some floodways also to be lengthened,” he said.

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