Work underway on Flinders Highway reconstruction

Motorists urged to drive to conditions during Flinders repairs


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Reconstruction works on the Richmond-Winton Road. Photo supplied.

Reconstruction works on the Richmond-Winton Road. Photo supplied.

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More than $17 million worth of reconstruction and betterment works have begun on the Flinders Highway to repair sections damaged in February's flooding.

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More than $17 million worth of reconstruction and betterment works have begun on the Flinders Highway to repair sections damaged in February's flooding.

As well as disaster repairs, the work is improving resilience to reduce flood damage in future years.

According to Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, the work has been fast-tracked.

"I saw first-hand the severe impact of the flooding, where entire sections of the road had been washed away," he said. "Assessments of the damage done to the Flinders Highway have been completed and reconstruction works are now the priority."

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While the department wasn't able to provide job figures for reconstruction projects, a spokesman said works were being undertaken using locally sourced road crews.

The first work was on the Richmond-Winton Road near where it meets the Flinders Highway near Richmond, while work that started this week was to focus on the Hughenden to Richmond and Richmond to Julia Creek sections of the Flinders Highway in the Richmond Shire Council area.

Mr Bailey said the reconstruction effort on these sections were expected to be completed later this year, before the coming wet season, weather permitting.

Silt was being dredged out of flooded creeks months after February's monsoon event. This bridge is on the eastern end of Julia Creek. Picture - Sally Cripps.

Silt was being dredged out of flooded creeks months after February's monsoon event. This bridge is on the eastern end of Julia Creek. Picture - Sally Cripps.

In addition to disaster repairs, Transport and Main Roads will complete jointly-funded works to improve flood resilience on the Flinders Highway.

"These projects will involve full-width road reconstruction and a modified seal to reduce the risk of damage in future floods," Mr Bailey said.

"This will enhance the highway's resilience, which is a critical route from Mount Isa through to Townsville.

"Works are expected to begin on an eight-kilometre section from Hughenden to Richmond later this month, and a seven-kilometre section from Richmond to Julia Creek in early October."

During roadworks, speed restrictions and traffic control measures will be in place where necessary.

Motorists should drive to the conditions and allow extra time for travelling through roadworks.

For the latest information on traffic conditions, visit QLDTraffic.qld.gov.au, download the app, phone 13 19 40 or follow QLDTraffic on Twitter.

Eligible reconstruction works are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

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