Flood repair road works underway in Western Downs

Department of Home Affairs

Joint media release with the Hon Mark Bailey MP

Flood recovery works spanning over 1800 kilometres of roads have begun in the Western Downs, delivered by Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Funding for the works is being jointly provided by the Albanese and Palaszczuk Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, (DRFA).

Works will repair damage caused by heavy rainfall events between November 2021 and May 2022, and will be delivered over the next 15 months.

A total of 37 sites will be repaired including sections of the Bunya, Leichhardt, Moonie and Warrego Highways, Dalby-Cecil Plains Road, Dalby-Jandowae Road, Surat Developmental Road, Chinchilla-Wondai Road, and Roma-Condamine Road.

Works will include pavement, road shoulder and embankment repairs due to erosion, clearing table drains, culvert and drainage repairs, and removing silt and debris.

Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt said it's great to see reconstruction works progressing on damaged road sites in the Western Downs.

"These works are critical to maintaining vital road infrastructure, enabling local communities to travel safely in and around the area," Minister Watt said.

"The Albanese Government will continue to work with the Palaszczuk Government to ensure local road links are rebuilt following disaster events."

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Minister for Digital Services, Mark Bailey said temporary repairs began shortly after the significant rainfall events in 2021 -22, to make sure roads were safe and usable.

"Since then, TMR has planned and prepared multiple packages of flood recovery works to ensure efficient delivery, value for money and quality management," Mr. Bailey said.

"In the Western Downs region, TMR completed floodway improvements on the Moonie Highway, and stabilised a steep slope on the Bunya Highway between Bell and Kumbia.

Packaging works together helps TMR complete roadworks sooner, which means less construction impacts for road users.

Further information:

Floods caused significant state road damage across 66 of Queensland's 77 local government areas in 2021-22, with many regions impacted by multiple disasters.

TMR will deliver more than 500 road repair projects to repair damage from the Queensland natural disasters in 2021-22, including floods across Southern Queensland.

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