Gatton Star : 2020-06-24

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NEWS 10 WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU Truck pad upgrade revealed ALI KUCHEL Warrego Highway and Gatton-esk road interchang­e, on the southern side of the highway. It will replace the pre-existing truck pads at Lawes, which have a two-hour parking limit. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the developmen­t would allow freight-efficient and multicombi­nation vehicles to reconfigur­e east of the Toowoomba Bypass. “This is a brilliant result for our truckies that will replace the temporary pad, which we built while we worked hard to plan for this new, comprehens­ive facility,” he said. “As part of the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Bypass, the Palaszczuk government negotiated with the Federal Government to expand the project’s scope and include a new permanent breakdown pad east of Toowoomba.” Queensland Bridge and Civil will deliver the facility constructi­on. MAJOR roadworks will commence next week on the Warrego Highway and Gatton-esk Road as part of a $4.5 million upgrade. The works will form the foundation for a new, permanent facility at Gatton allowing road train trucks to decouple east of Toowoomba. It will deliver 30 jobs to the region. The project will include widening and strengthen­ing the on and off-ramps, roundabout­s and connecting roads at the Gatton bypass. It will also include extensions to the accelerati­on lanes onto the Warrego Highway. It’s expected the upgrades will be completed by October, with the works on a the new facility itself expected to commence later this year. The permanent decoupling facility will be located mostly on crown land next to the NEXT YEAR: Lights on the Hill is the annual truckies' convoy for lost mates will not run this year.. Picture: File Image Popular convoy cancelled for truckies NATHAN GREAVES those who’ve lost their lives while working in the transport industry. While this year’s service will still go ahead, the convoy of trucks that usually drives through in support of the service will not be able to make the drive this year. The decision was announced on Friday by the Lights on the Hill team. “The committee did not make this decision lightly, but we feel the safety and wellbeing of you all, our vendors, entertainm­ent personnel, volunteers and the transport industry as a whole, is of the utmost importance to us,” the statement read. “The ongoing uncertaint­ies of government restrictio­ns regarding large events, and the impending lifting of various restrictio­ns has played a major role in us making this dishearten­ing decision.” The convoy would normally begin arriving at the Gatton Showground­s on the Saturday morning before the Sunday service, with stalls and live entertainm­ent contributi­ng to the celebratio­n. The memorial service is planned to take place on Sunday, October 4, where new names will be added to the monument. THE sight of a colossal convoy of trucks rolling down the highway has become familiar to Gatton residents every October, but this year’s event has become the latest casualty of coronaviru­s. The Lights on the Hill Truck and Coach Drivers’ Memorial holds a service each year to commemorat­e Gatton 84 Crescent Street 5462 4199 ON SELECTED YOKOHAMA TYRES* Our services Car, 4WD, Light Truck Tyres Truck & OTR Tyres Tyre Fitting & Balancing Puncture Repairs Wheel Alignment Truck & Bus Road Service Batteries Wheels Thank you to The Gatton Star for being the voice of the community for over 60 years. Your contributi­on will be missed. 8 RAILWAY ST GATTON 07 5462 1016 Offer valid to 30 June 2020. CENTRAL SURFACING OZ PTY LTD SPECIAL OFFER! 35% off two coat Bitumen seal, prepared and laid. Road base included. SPECIALIST­S IN HOT BITUMIN SPRAYING ROADS CARPORTS & DRIVEWAYS BOBCAT HIRE ROAD BASE ABN: 956 3944 9924 Need a LASTING solution? • Give us a call for a free quote today! • • • • centralsur­ centralsur­ 1300 019 994 | 0499 345 894 • TGSE01Z01M­A - V1

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