Budget: Key rural roads given priority

GLADSTONE'S rural road network has been made a priority in the councill's 2015-16 budget, with $2.49million allocated for works on a number of key roads.

Rural Services portfolio spokesman PJ Sobhanian said council's 2194km rural road network was vast and included 470km of sealed and 1724km of unsealed roads.

"In preparing for this budget, council looked at rural roads with higher traffic impacts and those that are key in linking rural communities with services," Cr Sobhanian said.

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"Significant projects for 2015/16 include the $467,000 reconstruction of the Cedarvale Road concrete causeway in the Boyne Valley, ensuring access to rural communities is maintained during wet weather events, and another $320,000 to construct a new causeway off Murray Road over Oaky Creek, Calliope," Cr Sobhanian said.

"A further $150,000 has been allocated to a new concrete causeway on Clarkes Road, Lowmead, to address damage to the road from wet weather events.

"This road has often been closed following rain so the construction of the new causeway will provide a vital link for those residents who rely on this road network."

The budget will also fund a 1km upgrade to Cross Road, including an intersection upgrade of Websters Road, in Euleilah.

"In addition, $354,000 will be spent on widening and sealing Gladstone Street in Mount Larcom and $180,000 will allow for the construction of a bitumen sealed floodway on Matchbox Road, Deepwater," Cr Sobhanian said.

He added priority findings from a recent Road Safety Audit would also be implemented in Budget 2015/16.

"A $400,000 boost for maintenance, installation of signage and tree clearing of certain sections along Round Hill Road, Agnes Water, and Turkey Beach Road will assist with visibility and road safety in these areas."



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