HUNDREDS of local industry staff and contractors will have a safer run to work after a $750,000 upgrade to Sandy Creek Road at Bromelton was completed.
Workers have laid the final seal on the stretch of the heavily-used road, which links to major employers AJ Bush and Sons, Gelita and Neilson’s Quarry just outside Beaudesert.
The road was widened and resurfaced through a $750,000 project jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Scenic Rim Regional Council under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
Wright MP Scott Buchholz said the upgrade was crucial for safety.
“The safety of our local workers – the ones turning up each day to build our economy and to earn money to put food on the table for their families – is of paramount importance to me, to this government and this council, and this road upgrade is a major positive for everyone locally,” he said.
“It gives us all peace of mind that the people carting freight along this road in heavy vehicles can do it safely.”
A council spokesman said Sandy Creek Road carried the highest percentage of heavy vehicle traffic on council's local road network and the $750,000 upgrade had formed the first stage of a program of improvements.
“A further $640,000 has been assigned from council’s Roads 2 Recovery funding to deliver a second stage of improvements in the coming months,” he said.
“Council is committed to investing in the maintenance and improvement of our local road and bridge network to ensure we provide safe and sustainable transport infrastructure for residents, business and industry.
“Funding support from the federal and state governments assists council in delivering these important road improvements for the community and our regional economy.”
David Kassulke from AJ Bush and Sons said the upgrade was a major relief for local operators.
“The biggest upside of this is safety – we’re pleased to see they’ve resurfaced the road and widened it by at least a metre,” he said.
“We really do appreciate that Scott and the council have managed to get Sandy Creek Road to a safe trafficable condition.”