SBRC workers Grant Perry and Murray Beitzel were hard at work on Wednesday building swinging safety gates for a newly-sealed section of the Rail Trail at Recreation Drive in Memerambi

June 1, 2016

Work on sealing the Kingaroy-Murgon Rail Trail has begun.

In the last few days, bitumen sealing started in the area between Memerambi and Wooroolin, and a link between the two towns which can be used by the public is expected to be completed soon.

On Wednesday, Council workers began to construct swinging gates on both sides of Recreation Drive.

The gates are being built as a safety precaution to prevent cyclists or joggers accidentally running on to the road and into the path of oncoming traffic.

Similar safety gates or chicanes will also be erected at other points along the trail where local roads and highways cross the former railway line.

While the Wooroolin-Memerambi section is likely to be the first to open, the full 42km project isn’t expected to be finished until the later part of the year.

And it will have to wait until the October long weekend for its “official” opening.

Natural Resources portfolio chair Cr Kathy Duff and a community group are planning to hold the official opening celebration as part of this year’s South Burnett and Cherbourg On Show long weekend festival.

The Rail Trail’s construction costs are being paid for with a $1.4 million grant from the State Government.

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