Landsborough Highway Reconstruction Update
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is managing the reconstruction of flood-damaged highways and main roads in the Central West region.
Though a significant amount of the Transport Network Reconstruction Program (TNRP) has been completed, works continue to deliver the largest transport infrastructure reconstruction effort in TMR’s history. TMR continues to rebuild roads and reconnect communities which is supporting recovery of regional economies after the floods and cyclones in 2010, 2011,2012 and 2013.
With around $540 million worth of road reconstruction throughout the Central West, the almost $7 billion program has generated an estimated 3,970 jobs for Central Queensland, and 17,000 jobs state-wide.
TNRP is funded by Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), a joint federal and state government initiative. Under these arrangements, the Australian Government is providing up to 75% of the funding, with up to 25% from the Queensland Government.
Major construction commenced early 2011 in the Central West region and is scheduled for completion by October 2014. This update provides an overview of construction works and traffic impacts that are expected on the Landsborough Highway between Augathella-Tambo, Tambo-Blackall, Longreach-Winton and Winton-Kynuna this month, weather and construction conditions permitting.
Augathella to Tambo Rehabilitation
Works commenced this month on 24 kilometres of full width road rehabilitation on the Augathella to Tambo stretch of the Landsborough Highway. This will involve clearing table drains, the removal of damaged road pavement and cement stabilisation patching, pavement sealing and line marking in two locations (Chainage 57 to 73 and 100 to 115 kilometres), south of Tambo.
Works involving hauling gravel to sites adjacent to the highway in works zones. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane during construction in some areas, and the highway speed limit will be reduced in construction zones to allow safe access through work sites. As some traffic delays are expected, motorists are advised to allow additional travel time.
Tambo to Blackall Reconstruction
Reconstruction works being completed between Blackall and Tambo include the construction of side tracks, culverts, reconstruction of shoulders, pulverisation, stabilisation, earthworks, placement of pavement, line marking and sealing. There are various processes being conducted at each of the sites across the project.
The main alignment has been completed in three sections — Chainages 85-88, 79-83 and 66-68 kilometres north of Tambo. Each of these sections are now open to traffic. Two remaining sections located at Chainages 5-19 and 34-47 kilometres, north of Tambo are scheduled for completion in May, weather permitting.
Works on these sections include north and southbound lanes and involve the reconstruction of shoulders, pulverising of the existing sealed road, earthworks, stabilisation to strengthen road surface, placement of new road pavement, sealing and line-marking. There are side tracks in use between 5-19 and 34-35 kilometres north of Tambo.
Longreach to Winton
The Longreach to Winton stabilisation and sealing works continue to make good progress and are scheduled for completion in May 2014, weather permitting. Minor traffic delays are expected.
Winton to Kynuna
Winton to Kynuna works are expected to commence shortly which involve stabilisation and patching. Minor traffic delays are expected with works being conducted under traffic, using stop-go traffic control. The Winton to Kynuna Landsborough Highway works will run from May to June, weather permitting.
If you require further information, please call the department on *1800 020 097 or to receive email updates, please register at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more roadworks information please visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.
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