Queensland to fast-track road and bridge repairs

Transport minister says councils, engineering firms and construction companies are on notice repair work must begin as soon as possible

February 7, 2013

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 says the start of road and bridge repair work will be fast-tracked to improve safety and allow communities to start getting back to normal.

He says 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.

"As we complete the recovery task in other affected regions, we will release work programs to market," Emerson says.

"Local councils, engineering firms and construction companies should be on notice that we want this work underway as soon as possible."

Emerson says Transport and Main Roads crews have reopened almost 5,000km of roads and bridges, but many are temporary measures.

"We are now preparing to return to these areas and start the full repair," he says.

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 Transport and Main Roads website today.

"While I’m pleased some projects were unaffected by this event, the impact to others ranges from minor scouring to major damage," Emerson says.

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