Monto - Mt Perry road resealing works completed today
MOTORISTS will benefit from significantly better driving conditions on Monto-Mount Perry Road after works to seal almost 12 kilometres were completed today.
Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety, Mark Bailey said the newly sealed road between the Burnett River and Eastern Creek improved safety along the historically crash-prone stretch.
"Numerous aspects have been improved on this stretch of road to improve the overall safety and reduce the likelihood of crashes," Mr Bailey said.
"The lanes have been widened and a clear zone has been established to remove any dangers from the side of the road.
"Sections of the road have also been realigned to improve safety by reducing curves and crests.
"The construction created about 18km of continuous bitumen road between the Burnett River and just east of Eastern Creek."
Mr Bailey confirmed access across the Burnett River was re-established, after the bridge was destroyed by floodwater in February.
"There's a temporary road in place while the new bridge is being designed and built and we've ensured it meets required safety standards for public use," Mr Bailey said.
The Monto-Mount Perry road sealing was funded by the Royalties for the Regions program.
State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said the Palaszczuk Government's new regional infrastructure program, Building Our Regions, had been fast-tracked to provide $100 million to regional communities in 2015-16. This includes an additional $30 million for the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.
"We have the most decentralised state in the nation and as a government with many regional members, we know that our strength lies in those regional towns and cities. We are focussed on creating jobs and investing in or regional communities," Dr Lynham said.
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh was pleased council could help deliver this important project for the local community.
"Traffic control measures, including reduced speed limit and warning signs will remain in place for the safety of motorists until a new bridge is built," Cr Waugh said.
"Council and the local community have been calling for this project for many years, so it's great to finally see the long-term improvements come into fruition."