Micro bats stall road work
SOUTH Burnett Regional Council crews were in a flap over an unexpected obstacle during road works.
Crews headed to Wattlecamp Rd to widen the road.
However, work was delayed with the council worked on rehoming a colony of microbats.
The bats lived in trees which needed to be removed to make way for the wider road.
Once that was taken care of, crews got to work on April 16.
The northern end of the road has had an emulsion seal and the remaining work is due to start soon.
Crews are now at the following locations:
Rifle Range Rd, Nanango. This road has been widened and is waiting on a final bitumen seal.
Haly St footpath in Kingaroy. The section from Fisher to Tuite Sts is done, Tuite to Murphy St is under construction.
Gore St Footpath, Murgon. Improvements are being made to the concrete from Dutton St to the Murgon State School.
Murphy's Rd, Crawford. The road will be upgraded from single lane dirt to a two-way bitumen sealed road. the first seal is finished and the council is waiting on a contractor to finish second final seal later this month.
Memerambi-Barkers Creek Rd. The council was waiting on a cultural heritage approval before starting work on a realignment. Clearing work started on April 10.
The council will send graders to Kinleymore Schoo Rd, Faughnan's Rd and Half Mile Creek Rd.
It will run a gravel re-sheeting program on Walsh Rd, Manumbar Rd, Glencoe Rd, Coverty Rd, Zolner Rd, Liesegangs Rd, Old Taabinga Rd, Minmore Rd and Foleys Rd.
The council has assessed its network of gravel and dirt roads.
It anticipates the full cost of repairing the unsealed road network will be about $10 million. The council CEO Gary Wall said this money would be on top the usual road maintenance budget.
"The $10 million is to clear the backlog and we have to look at options for that,” Mr Wall said.