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Powell Media Release – First stage of Maleny-Kenilworth recovery complete (24 October 2013)

Local residents and motorists have reason to be excited, with the first section of reconstruction works completed on Maleny-Kenilworth Road near Bakers Road at Witta.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said the section of road had been opened to two lanes for the first time in nearly three years.

“Maleny-Kenilworth Road sustained significant damage at several locations during the January 2011 floods,” Mr Powell said.

“The severity of the damage meant only one lane could remain operational until repairs could be finished.

“For that to happen, and to be able to reconstruct the road to two lanes the road had to be moved away from the slip zone. Additional work took place including excavation, slope stabilisation and pavement repairs.

“The removal of these traffic signals is a welcome sight for locals, who have been patient and co-operative throughout the reconstruction process.”

Mr Powell said reconstruction was continuing at two other locations on Maleny-Kenilworth Road.

“Work is well underway on the section between Lees and Scrubby Creek roads at Conondale, with lane closures still in place,” he said.

“The new Grigor Bridge, also at Conondale, is on schedule with the concrete decks to be poured before Christmas.

“If the weather stays favourable, both projects are on track for completion at the start of next year.

“Motorists are reminded that changed traffic conditions remain in place near these work sites and they should drive to signage and conditions at all times.”

The program of works 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] 24 October 2013

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