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Major flood repair road works underway in the Western Downs

Western Downs

More permanent road fixes are now underway in the Western Downs region of Queensland to repair the damage done by the devastating floods between November 2021 and May 2022.

A total of 37 sites will be repaired over the next 15 months, 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 over the 1800km stretch of roads will include pavement, road shoulder and embankment repairs due to erosion, clearing table drains, culvert and drainage repairs, and removing silt and debris.

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,” 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.”

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

The map details the extent of the 2021/22 flood damage in the Western Downs, as highlighted in blue.

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 said it 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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