Roadside clearing to continue until September
MOTORISTS can expect delays on Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd until September as vegetation is removed to provide a safe clear zone.
State Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern said it was important to provide forgiving roadsides for motorists and the work, which started in July, was expected to be completed in September.
"Clear zones are the designated widths outside the road which need to be kept free of obstructions, allowing vehicles the opportunity to safely recover if they veer off course.
"The fact is, the removal of vegetation may save somebody's life and is something we take very seriously.
"An assessment of this section of road identified about 2-3m of vegetation needed to be removed to provide a safe clear zone width of about 9m."
On Tuesday, drivers are being slowed to 40kmh and even stopped at times along the section of road from Dundathu, past Susan River to the roundabout.
Mrs Maddern said the amount of clearing would be minimised as much as possible, while still conforming to the current safety standards.
"A flora and fauna assessment has been undertaken to identify any significant flora and fauna values," she said.
"The assessment identified some habitat trees and listed vegetation within the clear zone which have been left in place.
"Wildlife spotter catchers, who are licensed with the Department of Environment and Resource Management, were on-site before works started and will continue to be on-site during all clearing works to mitigate impacts to fauna."
Mrs Maddern said for the safety of road workers and motorists, single lane closures would continue to be in place between 9am and 3pm, due to the traffic volumes on this road during peak hours.
"Outside these hours, crews may continue work off the roadway within the road shoulders with a reduced speed limit in place," Mrs Maddern said.
"Motorists are reminded to observe all warning signage when approaching roadworks sites and to be aware of changed conditions, such as reduced speed limits and queued traffic."
She said the roadside safety improvements also involved the installation of guardrails at several locations which had been completed.
For more information, phone Transport and Main Roads on 1300 728 390 or email email@example.com.