Huge costs to fix roads
THE cost to repair the region’s roads is expected to grow daily as Bundaberg Regional Council continues to assess the damage in some areas.
Council roads spokesman Wayne Honor said the cost of repairs was expected to reach as high as $20 million.
“In the next few days we hope to sit down with our engineers and work out the priorities,” he said.
“The priorities will have to be applied in relation to access to work and schools which the roads provide.”
Cr Honor said crews were completing emergency repair work to ensure roads were as safe as possible.
“Some of that work has already been undone with the additional rain and flooding that we had,” he said.
“Patching the roads has been a big problem, but generally there have been good results from the work done.”
Cr Honor said major works on the roads were yet to begin.
“It all depends on the amount of further funding we get through the state government,” he said.
From March 2010 to November 2010, the council applied for more than $12 million in funding to help fix the region’s roads.
The council has so far received just $6.74 million of that funding.
While the council has responsibility to fix a majority of the roads in the region, the Department of Transport and Main Roads is responsible for repairing its roads in the area.
A spokeswoman for the department said staff were also assessing road damage.
“In the Wide Bay/Burnett region, very few stretches of the network have been left untouched by the extreme weather,” she said.
“It is still too early to quantify the extent and cost of the damage.”
As a part of those repairs, the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road will again be closed at Splitters Creek from 8pm this morning.
The spokeswoman said crews were also carrying out pothole patching and temporary speed restrictions.