Wider Burnett High­way on way

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - SAM TURNER sam.turner@cnbtimes.com.au

A WIDER Burnett High­way will soon be­come a re­al­ity, thanks to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and road­work which will start next week.

Trans­port and Main Roads Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley said the work would fo­cus on a 2.9km sec­tion west of Binjour, be­tween Church Rd and Fox Creek.

“This is a $3.1 mil­lion works pack­age that will sta­bilise and strengthen the road, as well as some cul­vert main­te­nance,” Mr Bai­ley said.

“Over the years, this sec­tion has de­te­ri­o­rated, caus­ing the sur­face to be­come rough and out of shape.

“These works will im­prove con­di­tions, ex­tend the road’s longevity and re­duce fu­ture main­te­nance.

“Crews will re­move the top layer of road, re­plac­ing it and us­ing the re­moved ma­te­rial to widen shoul­ders, where re­quired.”

Mr Bai­ley said the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment was in­vest­ing more than $1 bil­lion this year to re­build, resur­face and re­pair roads.

“We boosted the state’s roads main­te­nance bud­get over the past two years by $148 mil­lion to in­crease the amount of work we can de­liver,” he said.

“A lot of the main­te­nance is in re­gional Queens­land too, which means lo­cal jobs and work for councils.

“More than 6600 Queens­land work­ers have jobs to lay bi­tu­men and grade our roads on the back of that main­te­nance pro­gram, so it’s an im­por­tant eco­nomic driver for ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.”

A LOT OF THE MAIN­TE­NANCE IS IN RE­GIONAL QUEENS­LAND TOO, WHICH MEANS LO­CAL JOBS AND WORK FOR COUNCILS. TRANS­PORT AND MAIN ROADS MIN­IS­TER MARK BAI­LEY

Traf­fic sig­nals, sin­gle-lane clo­sures and speed re­stric­tions will be in place as re­quired to en­sure the work is com­pleted safely and ef­fi­ciently.

Work will gen­er­ally take place be­tween 6am and 6pm, Mon­day to Fri­day.

Mo­torists should ob­serve all warn­ing signs and be aware of changed con­di­tions in the area, such as re­duced speed lim­its and queued traf­fic.

An av­er­age of 15 jobs will be sup­ported dur­ing the up­grade, which is ex­pected to take three months to com­plete, weather per­mit­ting.

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