$2.8m project set to improve flood-hit road

THE trip between Warwick and Allora is about to get a whole lot smoother with a $2.8 million project to repair the flood-damaged sections of Warwick-Allora Rd starting this week.

Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said the work involved repairing damaged road surfaces and shoulders at various sites along the much travelled road.

"The Warwick-Allora Road is a key link for many of the rural communities surrounding Warwick," Mr Springborg said.

"It experienced significant pavement damage during the 2011 flood events.

"Between Willowvale and Upper Wheatvale Roads, more than two kilometres of the pavement will be repaired, with another 350m of work between Dalrymple Creek Road and the rail crossing.

"This pavement work will be followed later this year by works to repair the damaged embankment slope above the Condamine River on the Warwick-Allora Road, three kilometres from Warwick."

Mr Springborg said works on the project started this week and is expected to be finished by mid next month.

"I encourage road users to factor in additional travel time for their journey and remind them to obey all signage for their safety and the safety of other road users," he said.

At the same time the Southern Downs Regional Council has received two major contracts under the Natural Disaster Recovery and Relief Arrangements (NDRRA) for flood recovery roadworks.

"The awarding of these contracts has been a long process with Council being required to send submissions to the Qld Reconstruction Authority for approval to carry out the works under the NDRRA," Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said.

"We are extremely pleased that the costs of the project have been approved for funding."

NDRRA funding will cover the entire cost of the Project. As a condition of funding works are required to be completed by June 30.

"The Project will cover works to 735 roads at 5516 sites across the region, which is a massive undertaking," he said.

"The program for the works is currently being developed and council will provide residents with information about when and where these works will happen when the program has been finalised."

The contract for the flood construction works has been awarded to Probuild Civil (Qld) Pty Ltd (Probuild), a civil engineering contractor, in the amount of $21,662,268.

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