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$969,000 contract awarded for federally-funded roadworks on Landsborough highway.



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24 January 2002 B2/2002

$969,000 CONTRACT AWARDED FOR FEDERALLY-FUNDED ROADWORKS ON LANDSBOROUGH HIGHWAY

Work will start soon on federally-funded roadworks on the Landsborough Highway, 7.6km west of Longreach.

The Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services Senator Ron Boswell and Acting Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Rod Welford, said today the $969,000 contract for resealing 24 km of the Landsborough Highway had been awarded to the Longreach Shire Council.

Senator Boswell said the resealing and gravel resheeting project would improve travel conditions and make the road safer for trucks and cars travelling between Longreach and Winton.

Mr Welford said work was due to start soon and continue until June 2002, providing ongoing employment for council workers in Longreach Shire. "Maintenance and capital works are aimed at protecting the taxpayer's investment in one of Queensland's major assets,'' he said.

Mr Welford said resurfacing was a good investment because it preserved the underlying structure, making it more waterproof during the wet season and more resistant to cracking in the heat.

"Resealing is important preventive maintenance that saves money in the long run by protecting roads against wear and tear from weather and traffic, helping to avoid the need for costly repairs," he said.

Senator Boswell said the Federal Government's financial backing for the project brought to more than $1.1 million the value of National Highway projects about to commence in Longreach Shire.

In addition to the work between Longreach and Winton, Senator Boswell said the accesses from Sir James Walker Drive to the Longreach Pastoral College, School of Distance Education and State Government offices would be widened to two lanes, while a partial auxiliary lane would be constructed so that through traffic could pass stationary vehicles turning off the Landsborough Highway to these establishments.

This work was estimated to cost $186,000.

Other works the Federal Government is funding locally include upgraded facilities at truck stops at Leander, 24 km north-west of Longreach and Morella, 68 km north-west of town.

"This will help meet the requirement of heavy vehicle drivers to stop regularly and rest," Senator Boswell said.

Contact: Senator Boswell's Office - 07 3001 8150