5 March, 2024

Repairs to start after dud birthday

The department of Transport has finally come to the party after two years of misery for drivers using a road severely damaged during the 2022 floods.

Repairs to start after dud birthday - feature photo

Kilcoy-Beerwah Road at Cedarton had required the use of ‘temporary’ traffic lights to guide traffic around damage caused by a road slip when heavy rain and flooding wreaked havoc across the hinterland in early March 2022.

Glasshouse MP Andrew Powell marked the “unhappy birthday” on Sunday (March 3), posing with a cake, hat and party blower and urging Transport Minister Bart Mellish to step up and fix the “infernal” issue.

Mr Powell called on Mr Mellish to “get the road started before the residents I represent are forced to spend another year waiting for their road to be fixed”.

The plea appears to have worked. After The Sentinel contacted Mr Mellish’s office, a spokesperson said that there was good news for drivers.

“Starting this month (March 2024), the Department of Transport and Main Roads will begin works to repair a significant landslip on Kilcoy-Beerwah Road at Cedarton,” the spokesperson said.

“The site was one of many landslips across the region caused by major flooding in early 2022.

“The program is jointly funded by the Albanese and Miles Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Extensive work has been undertaken to complete geotechnical investigations, TMR added.

Mr Mellish said, “Disaster events of any scale cause unwanted disruption to the community and we have been working hard to get this significant landslip repaired.

TMR will continue to monitor this section of Kilcoy-Beerwah Road to maintain safety until full reconstruction is completed.”


Most Popular