FAR northern motorists will soon have a smoother ride with reconstruction works on the Palmerston Highway starting last week.
The Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps said the works would repair 17 sites across 37.8 kilometres of the highway between Shaws Corner and Beatrice River to repair damage from the 2010/2011 flooding.
"These works are part of a large-scale project to reconstruct sections of some of the far north's major roads including Innisfail-Japoon Road, Silkwood-Japoon Road, Pine Creek-Yarrabah Road and the Mossman-Mt Molloy Road," Mr Cripps said.
York Civil Pty Ltd is delivering the works on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Mr Cripps asks motorists to drive to the conditions and to be aware that reduced speed limits will be in place to enable the work to be undertaken safely for all road users and workers.
"The highway will be reduced to one lane at work sites and traffic controllers will assist with the flow of traffic.
"Temporary traffic lights will operate during non-work hours."
It is expected the works on the highway will be completed by mid-late 2013, weather permitting.
"Works will then start on three sections of the Silkwood-Japoon Road between South Liverpool Creek Bridge and Walter Lever Estate Road."
The reconstruction work is being delivered under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, a joint federal and state initiative.
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