Road projects still on a roll with LNG funding

MILLIONS of LNG dollars have helped upgrade major roads in the Gladstone region, with more work still to be completed at state and local council levels.

As part of their operating conditions, the three Liquefied Natural Gas proponents - Origin's Australia Pacific LNG, Santos's Gladstone LNG and QGC's Queensland Curtis LNG - were required to contribute to road infrastructure improvements and maintenance to mitigate project impacts such as heavy haulage transport along regional roads.

These contributions have been invested by Queensland Government's Transport and Main Roads across the state-controlled road network, and the Gladstone Regional Council across its local road network.

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Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd has two final projects left on the State Government's checklist, with widening and resurfacing sections between Reid Rd and the Bruce Hwy, and upgrading intersections at Reid Rd and Landing Rd.

Both of these projects are planned for delivery in early 2016, with weather permitting.

Works to widen about 8.5km of the Burnett Hwy immediately north of Biloela were completed in 2014, along with widening and upgrading of the Dawson Hwy and Leichhardt Hwy intersection at Banana.

A contribution to the Don River Bridge at Rannes enabled the Leichhardt Hwy project, complete and open to traffic in February this year.

Although Gladstone Regional Council is yet to finalise its projects, it has reported almost $7.5 million in works completed.

Mayor Gail Sellers said the $7,474,084 was the combined contributions from the LNG project proponents towards council-controlled roads in the region.

"These contributions are for the impacts on the council's road network of the three Curtis Island LNG projects and the associated pipeline construction works," she said.

State roadworks

1. Burnett Hwy immediately north of Biloela

2. Dawson Hwy and Leichhardt Hwy intersection at Banana

3. Don River Bridge replacement project on the Leichhardt Hwy at Rannes

4. Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd, at Reid Rd and Landing Rd, north of Gladstone

5. Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd, between Reid Rd and the Bruce Hwy, north of Gladstone

SPEAK UP: Are there more roads that need work? How heavily has LNG transport affected rural roads? We want to know your views. Get in touch on 4970 3030 or mara.sowdon@gladstoneobserver.com.au



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