Monto-Mt Perry Road funding boost

MONTO residents are rejoicing with the announcement of a further $1.8 million in funding to improve the Monto-Mt Perry Road, which has claimed the lives of many.

The notoriously bad stretch of road claimed its latest fatality in January.

Monto State High School teacher Lionel Cavanagh and another man were killed on the section of road on Thursday, January 14.

Monto and District Ratepayers and Residents Association chairman Lex Dow said the $1.8 million funding boosted the allocated funds to more than $2.5 million.

“We are overjoyed really that we have got this much,” Mr Dow said.

“We would like more but $2.5 million in the current economic climate is a satisfactory result.

“It won't achieve the whole job – it will probably only do a couple of kilometres of that road.”

Mr Dow said he knew of five fatalities on the stretch of road.

“I can't count the number of accidents – there would be hundreds of accidents on that road in my lifetime,” he said.

The community and local member Jeff Seeney have lobbied for funding since February.

Mr Dow said the community, along with Main Roads engineers, had identified hazardous sections along the unsealed road.

“This funding will only address a couple of these kilometres but it's the worst part of the road,” Mr Dow said.

“The road is not going to be upgraded to bitumen, just up to Main Roads standards ,so it will be up to a standard that can be sealed in the next part of the program.”

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said following the fatal crash in January, the department submitted a project nomination to increase the length of works.

“Both projects include realigning sections of the road, removing some curves, improving the vertical alignment and widening the road,” he said.

“Additional signage, including two signs warning motorists of sharp crests over a specific kilometre distance, will be installed.”

Mr Wallace said the signs will also advise motorists to be aware of oncoming vehicles.

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