Roads ready as line gets down

THE wheels are travelling further along the path for Queensland Rail (QR) on the triplication of the North Coast Line.

An agenda item tabled at Tuesday’s Gladstone Regional Council outlined a number of road closures QR proposes to be able carry out the infrastructure project.

Council’s Infrastructure Services director Ross Paroz said council had already dealt with several of the proposed closures in the past.

The roads are in the vicinity of the Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road, The Narrows Road, Calliope River Road and Lindheer Road.

There are seven sections of reserve shown in QR drawings dealing with the proposed road closures.

Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road is a state owned road, managed by Main Roads and QR needs to seek their comments, while an unnamed road reserve near The Narrows Road was previously considered by Council in July with no objection offered.

There are two portions of Flynn road, described as a paper road (not laid out), and are sections surrounded by parcels under the control of various state government bodies. However, this closure then leaves an isolated segment of road reserve which should also be closed.

A segment on Lindheer Road was considered by council in October 2009 with no objection offered.

One segment is a section of an unnamed road reserve, while another is an unnamed and marooned road reserve. Both were considered by council in October 2009.

“The only one that is new is the road closure over the Calliope River Road,” Mr Paroz said.

“It’s not a road closure. It’s a grade separation. In essence, there would not be any impact to the road.”

Council has no other infrastructure assets in any of these locations.

Council passed a recommendation to advise QR, and the Department of Environment and Resource Management, that it has no objection to the proposed road closures. QR proposes to triplicate the North Coast Line for the increased coal train capacity.

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