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Powell Media Release – Reconstruction starts on popular tourist route (4 October 2013)

Work is about to start to repair Landsborough-Maleny Road at Bald Knob following damage during consecutive summers of heavy rain.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell said the project would restore the section of road to its original condition.

“Heavy rain in 2011 saturated the ground and caused landslip damage on Landsborough-Maleny Road near Hovard Road,” Mr Powell said.

“Thankfully, this damage has not caused any significant problems for traffic, but it must be repaired to ensure the long-term stability of the road.

“The works will include slope stabilisation, road reconstruction and reinstatement of the guardrail.

“Crews are due to arrive on site in the coming days and the work will be completed early next year, weather permitting.”

Mr Powell said the project would cause some delays for motorists using the road, which provides a link to popular hinterland destinations.

“One lane of a 300m section of Landsborough-Maleny Road near the Landsborough end of Hovard Road will be closed to allow machinery to access the work site,” he said.

“Hovard Road will also be closed to through traffic for the duration of works so that motorists do not use this road as a detour, which would have a significant impact on the residents.

“While most work will generally be carried out during the day between Monday and Friday, some weekend and nightwork may be undertaken to help keep the project on track when required.

“I would ask motorists to drive to the changed conditions and obey all signage for their owner safety and the safety of roadworkers.”

Work to damage sustained in 2013 will be completed next year.

The project is being delivered under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, a joint federal and state initiative.

Under these arrangements, the Australian Government provides 75 per cent of the funding, with 25 per cent from the Queensland Government.

[ENDS] 4 October 2013

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