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Powell Media Release – Hinterland roads reconstruction works underway (4 April 2014)

Motorists will benefit from the work that is underway to repair three Sunshine Coast hinterland roads damaged during heavy rainfall and floods in early 2013.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said crews would be working in and around the Montville area in the next few months to repair the roads.

“The State Government is hard at work delivering on its key election promise of providing better infrastructure and planning,” Mr Powell said.

“Palmwoods-Montville Road, Maleny-Montville Road and Flaxton Drive were all damaged during the extreme weather relating to ex-cyclone Oswald.

“Across the three roads there are eight sites that will be repaired, with damage including landslips, culvert erosion and pavement collapse.

“On Palmwoods-Montville Road alone there are five sites requiring reconstruction and one site near Kirby Road has been operating as a single lane for the past year.

“Unfortunately for local residents, additional damage was sustained when repairs had almost finished.

“Work will be completed on multiple sites simultaneously to minimise long-term delays for motorists.

“Work on Palmwoods-Montville Road near Kirby Road has begun in earnest and preliminary works such as clearing, surveying and further geotechnical investigations have been undertaken at Maleny-Montville Road and Flaxton Drive.

“Reconstruction works will start at the other six sites in coming weeks and all work will be finished by late 2014.

“While repairs are underway, each work site will be down to one lane, which may result in short delays.

“Motorists should drive to the changed conditions and obey all signage, including reduced speed limits, for their own safety and the safety of road workers.”

Eligible reconstruction works on these projects will be funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Under these arrangements, the Australia Government provides up to 75 per cent funding, with 25 per cent from the Queensland Government. 

ENDS- 4 April 2014

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