Mem­ber hits the road for cam­paign

Isis Town and Country - - News -

AS CAN­DI­DATES jumped into elec­tion mode, Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett has used as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble to head to the Isis re­gion.

He kicked his cam­paign off in Childers last Wed­nes­day and re­turned on Fri­day to in­spect Isis Hwy up­grades.

Sev­eral sec­tions of the high­way are be­ing up­graded, specif­i­cally near the Hutchins, Wy­atts and Sawmill Rds.

Mr Ben­nett said the project was a win for lo­cal fam­i­lies and in­dus­try, who re­lied on the safe link 6km south-west of Childers.

“The works in­volve mi­nor shoul­der widen­ing, cul­vert mod­i­fi­ca­tions and im­proved warn­ing sig­nage over a 4km stretch of the high­way,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“Teams have started clear­ing veg­e­ta­tion to in­crease the road­side clear zone at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions to al­low stray­ing ve­hi­cles the op­por­tu­nity to re­cover with­out caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to ei­ther the ve­hi­cle or its oc­cu­pants.

“Safety bar­ri­ers will also be in­stalled at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions and will in­cor­po­rate rail­ings to pre­vent mo­tor­cy­clists from slid­ing un­der­neath or into the steel posts of fixed bar­ri­ers if they fall off their bikes.”

The work is due to be com­pleted by the mid­dle of the year.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

Stephen Ben­nett.

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