Gladstone-Benaraby Road works begin
WORKS to repair flood damage on a vital Central Queensland road are under way as part of the reconstruction task of Operation Queenslander.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese yesterday announced $2 million of works have kicked off along a two-kilometre stretch of Gladstone-Benaraby Road to repair damage sustained from 2010 and 2011 flooding.
"Over the last few years, Queensland's 33,000-kilometre road network has received more damage than any other state government asset during flooding and cyclone events, with reconstruction expected to take many, many years," Mr Albanese said.
"Operation Queenslander is under way to repair this damage - the largest reconstruction effort in the state's history - to rebuild communities, fix infrastructure and restore regional economies.
"This massive task will support about 12,500 jobs across the state, at an important time in our economy's recovery."
Mr Albanese said the works on Gladstone-Benaraby Road were being delivered under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements program (NDRRA), a joint federal and state initiative.
"Under NDRRA, the federal government provides 75 per cent of the funding, with 25 per cent from the state government," he said.
"It's about making roads better, safer, stronger and more resilient than before."
Premier and Minister for Reconstruction Anna Bligh said all levels of government were working together to get on with the job of restoring the network to pre-disaster condition.
"In the Fitzroy region alone there are 3,530 kilometres of federal, state and local roads, with about 550 kilometres of these requiring reconstruction as part of Operation Queenslander," Ms Bligh said.
"The works under way on various roads across the region include pavement repairs, drainage, stabilisation works, and bitumen resurfacing.
"The project on Gladstone-Benaraby Road, between the Benaraby turnoff and the Boyne Island roundabout, are being delivered by Gladstone Regional Council and is a major milestone in the flood recovery effort.
Ms Bligh said preliminary works were now under way on the major link, with full construction works to kick off in about three weeks.
"To ensure the safe delivery of the works for both motorists and roadworkers, speed restrictions were implemented this week, with minor traffic delays expected," she said.
"Works will take place daily between the hours of 7am and 6pm, with the site carefully managed under the instruction of traffic controllers.
"I'd like to thank motorists in advance for their caution and patience as we deliver this important reconstruction project, and the various other works across Central Queensland."