Re­pairs fi­nally on the way for dan­ger­ous road

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

GRAD­ING for the stretch of Monto-Glad­stone Rd from Kalpowar to the Glad­stone shire bor­der is ex­pected to fi­nally go ahead in mid-June.

A Trans­port and Main Roads rep­re­sen­ta­tive said these works would be­gin once road crews fin­ished grad­ing the unsealed sec­tions of Kalpowar Rd and would likely take two weeks.

For peo­ple who use the road, it couldn’t come soon enough, as the 6km stretch of road has de­te­ri­o­rated to a dan­ger­ous level.

Peter Wilson, who has run the school bus from Builyan to Monto with his wife Kay since 1982, has grown tired of ar­gu­ing for a bet­ter road.

“We started a cam­paign to get the road sealed and it took five or six years to get the sec­tion 3–4km from the Ban­croft side of Kalpowar,” Mr Wilson said.

“It all comes down to money and we’re not at the top of the list.”

Mr Wilson has learned to drive to the con­di­tions on the school bus run, but it still wears out his tyres and sus­pen­sion.

Res­i­dents are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly fed up with the state of it.

Ban­croft res­i­dent Judi Bald­win said she was fu­ri­ous the coun­cil and Main Roads pri­ori­tised the other road sec­tion.

“I know we’re not go­ing to get a bi­tu­men road but (I think they should) up­keep the one we’ve got,” Mrs Bald­win said.

“It’s only 6km, it’s not that big.”

Kalpowar res­i­dent Adam God­bee said it was a mat­ter of time be­fore a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent.

“It’s just dan­ger­ous. We pay enough in rates, so why isn’t the road done?” he said.

“I’d like to see as­phalt. Once you get to the top of the range, you go down the Glad­stone side and the road’s beau­ti­ful.”

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

HAZ­ARDOUS: The sec­tion of Monto-Glad­stone Rd from Kalpowar to the range will hope­fully soon be graded.

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