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Roads Group Welcomes ‘Great Start’

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Georgie Somerset

AgForce Qld Deputy Chair Georgie Somerset

January 29, 2018

The Mundubbera to Jandowae Roads Working Group has  welcomed last week’s announcement that more than $8 million will be spent improving two roads as a “great start”.

The works, announced by Transport Minister Mark Bailey, will include sections of  Chinchilla-Wondai Road and Mundubbera-Durong Road.

However, the 11km stretch of single-lane on the Mundubbera-Durong Road and the John Peterson Bridge – which were the subject of much discussion before the State Election – will not be included in this first round of upgrades.

Mr Bailey said design work had already begun for rehabilitating sections of  the Chinchilla-Wondai Road and Mundubbera-Durong Road.

On Mundubbera–Durong Road, staged rehabilitation will take place on a 6.8km section from Chinchilla–Wondai Road to just north of the Shellytop Road intersection.

On Chinchilla–Wondai Road, a 480m section through the Durong township will be rehabilitated along with a 2.4km section near Darr Creek.

“B-doubles regularly travel on both roads so rehabilitating them will ensure they are capable of handling heavier traffic well into the future,” Mr Bailey said.

Mr Bailey said detailed designs were also being completed for other potential upgrades along Mundubbera–Durong Road.

“Design is underway to widen a single-lane section of Mundubbera–Durong Road between the council boundary and Proston–Boondooma Road,” he said.

“Further north, design is also being completed to replace the John Peterson Bridge at the Boyne River near Mundubbera.”

“This design work will ensure my department is in the best possible position to progress these projects when funding becomes available.”

The Mundubbera to Jandowae Roads Working Group said it welcomed any improvements to the route and acknowledged the process to upgrade and maintain the roads would not happen overnight.

Roads Working Group chair and Deputy Chair of AgForce Queensland, Georgie Somerset, said the outlined works were positive steps to rehabilitating the important linkage.

“It’s fantastic to hear these roads are highlighted for future improvements by the State Government,” she said.

“‘Completing the design work on key areas of concern such as the John Peterson Bridge and the single-lane section of the Mundubbera-Durong Road are a great start.”

Mrs Somerset said the Mundubbera to Jandowae Roads Working Group was committed to continuing to support upgrades and ongoing maintenance of the two roads into the future.

Mr Bailey said the road works would begin in March and were expected to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.

“RoadTek will deliver the works, which will be carried out between 6:00am and 6:00pm, Monday to Friday,” he said.

“Traffic controllers, temporary detours, single-lane closures and speed restrictions will be in place to complete the works safely and efficiently.

“I want to thank motorists for their patience during this time.”

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