River Rd works begin
ROAD work has started on two frequently flood-damaged sections of River Rd, with the South Burnett contractors reaping the benefits of the repairs.
The sections of road at Kingaroy and Inverlaw were inundated with water during the 2011 floods and again in both January and March 2013 floods.
The conventional bitumen-sealed pavement was not able to withstand the battering from the flood waters and are being replaced with reinforced concrete under the $500,000 Betterment funding for River Rd.
In a recent visit to the site by Mayor Wayne Kratzmann and Nanango MP Deb Frecklington the region's businesses were on hand to take both leaders through.
A small army of concrete workers from Civil Mining and Construction (CMC) were at the Inverlaw site to lay over 180 cubic metres of concrete being supplied from Hytech Concrete batch plant.
Hytech District Manager for Darling Downs Simon Kentish said that the opportunity for local companies to supply these projects was appreciated.
"I know that the suppliers of quarry material and local contractors have also been heavily involved in helping out with the flood works," he said.
CMC Project Manager Dale Martin said about 80% of the construction team were from the region.
Of the 47 construction staff employed, 26 are local and another 12 are local sub-contractors.
Mr Martin said CMC's approach was to provide the overall systems administration and engineering supervision and actively recruit local expertise and labour wherever possible.
The road works will also be complemented by widening works funded by the South Burnett Regional Council.
South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said the improvements would reduce the cost of continual repairs.
He said it would mean better road access for emergency services after extreme weather.
"It is also pleasing to see the spin-off for local employment and local suppliers as part of the massive program of flood restoration works," Cr Kratzmann said.
Nanango MP Deb Frecklington said both local and state governments were committed to repairing the roads as quickly as possible.
""It is great to see the rapid progress on River Rd and the work going into making it better able to withstand future floods," she said.
The work on both sections of River Rd is expected to be opened to traffic within the next two weeks and all works completed by mid-October.