Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson
Industry On Notice As Road Repairs Begin
Victor P Taffa
The first round of contracts to begin repairs to Queensland road and transport infrastructure are being drawn up to go out for tender later this month.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the start of road and bridge repair work would be fast-tracked to improve safety and allow communities to start getting back to normal.
“The first package of repair work will focus on the Lockyer Valley, including repairs to Gatton-Esk Road Bridge over Lockyer Creek and roads around Laidley and Gatton.” Mr. Emerson said.
“As we complete the recovery task in other affected regions, we will release work programs to market.”
“Local councils, engineering firms and construction companies should be on notice that we want this work underway as soon as possible.”
“Over the past week I’ve travelled with the Department’s Acting Director-General Neil Scales and spoken to local mayors, local members and Queenslanders affected by flood damage and promised that we would get roads opened as soon as possible.” Mr. Emerson said.
“Transport and Main Roads crews have done an outstanding job getting almost 5,000 km of roads and bridges open, but many are temporary measures.”
“We are now preparing to return to these areas and start the full repair.”
Information on the progress of work and the initial damage assessment on repair work carried out since the 2011 floods will be available on the TMR website later today.
“While I’m pleased some projects were unaffected by this event, the impact to others ranges from minor scouring to major damage.” Mr. Emerson said.