May 8, 2009

Economic Stimulus Package: Maintenance Money for Warrego

Economic Stimulus Package: Maintenance Money for Warrego

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 8 2009

Extensive maintenance work along the Tivoli to Blacksoil section of the Warrego Highway has started.

The $8.1 million project is being funded from the additional maintenance money Queensland received under the Rudd Labor Government’s $42 billion Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, and Transport and Main Roads Minister, Craig Wallace, said the project would deliver safer, smoother driving condition for motorists and truckies.

“As well as putting in place the modern road infrastructure vital to Australia’s long term prosperity, our economic stimulus package is supporting jobs and businesses during the current global economic recession,” said Mr Albanese.

“In fact, nearly 70 per cent of our stimulus package is being invested in infrastructure projects nationwide – much of which is being delivered in partnership with state and territory governments.”

The project involves repairing, strengthening and resurfacing a 2.6 kilometre westbound section (Pine Mountain Road to Eleazar Drive) and a 7.6 kilometre eastbound section (Eleazar Drive to Mt Crosby Road) of highway.

The work is being carried out by Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd and will sustain 158 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the project. It is expected to be completed by the end of July.

Mr Wallace said maintenance and preservation of the existing road network was vital to cater for traffic growth.

“Road maintenance works help to protect taxpayers’ investment in one of Queensland’s major assets," Mr Wallace said.

“Separate works supporting the maintenance contract, including raising guardrails, median islands, kerb and channel, additional signs and linemarking for Dorman Lane, have already been completed.

“I ask all motorists to show patience and courtesy to road workers during construction. Please slow down – roadwork safety is your responsibility too.”