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    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    $65 million for Leichhardt Highway realignment

    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Tuesday, April 07, 2009

    $65 million for Leichhardt Highway realignment

    Planning works have begun on a $65 million commitment to improve a flood-prone section of the Leichhardt Highway between Wowan and Rannes, 60 kilometres north-west of Biloela.

    Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the start of planning works had great significance for the Callide-Dawson region as the safer and more freight efficient route would contribute to new industry and agricultural opportunities.

    “Main Roads will replace three timber bridges at Windmill Creek, Log Creek and Don River, in service since the 1930s and also upgrade the Leichhardt Highway approaches to the new Don River crossing,” Mr Wallace said.

    “The new alignment will be much smoother and wider. The greatest benefit from this project will be the improved flood immunity provided by the new concrete bridges on what is Central Queensland’s western commercial traffic corridor.”

    Construction of the Leichhardt Highway realignment is expected to commence in mid-2010.

    Main Roads Fitzroy Regional Director Terry Hill said the safety of all road users was the department’s number one priority.

    “We are currently completing the initial planning and options analysis for the project,” Mr Hill said.

    “In recent weeks we have made contact with Rannes residents potentially affected by the highway realignment and will hold a community information session in Wowan on 14 April from 5.30pm.”

    “I am also pleased to advise that as much of the works will be on a new alignment, delays for motorists will be kept to a minimum.”

    Local residents and businesses who have an interest or would like to know more about the project are invited to attend the presentation at the Wowan/Dululu Multi-Purpose Centre and speak with the project team.

    For more information on the project go to www.mainroads.qld.gov.au

    Media contact: Minister Wallace’s office 3896 3689