May 29, 2009

Work to start on $3.6 million highway resurfacing at Aratula

Work to start on $3.6 million highway resurfacing at Aratula

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 29 2009

The Federal and State governments today announced work will commence immediately on a $3.6 million project to resurface the Cunningham Highway at Aratula.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure Anthony Albanese said the project was funded through the Rudd Labor Government’s economic stimulus plan to support regional economies.

“This upgrade will also improve safety for local motorists and families by improving the condition of road for cars, freight and heavy vehicles.

“This project will cover approximately 22 kilometres of the Cunningham Highway between Fassifern and Aratula, and will be carried out in short sections under lane closures,” Mr Albanese said.

“It will also mean a smoother ride for motorists.”

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said works would start on Monday 1 June and were scheduled to be completed by the end of June, weather permitting.

“This project is an important investment in Queensland’s highway network,” Mr Wallace said.

“The road surface will be repaired and a new asphalt surface applied.

“This is important preventive maintenance that saves money in the long run as it protects the roads against wear and tear from weather and traffic.

“Resurfacing will also protect the pavement underneath and prolong its life.”

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

“The department is investing in the road network to meet the needs of rapid population growth, particularly in South East Queensland,’’ he said.

“Preserving our road asset is a priority and the department is committed to improving the efficiency of the road network for all motorists.’’

Mr Wallace urged motorists to drive safely during the construction phase.

“Variable Message Signs will be in place advising motorists of the roadworks being carried out in this area,” he said.

“Please slow down at roadworks – safety around roadworks is your responsibility too.”