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BUDGET: Continued commitment to bridge and road renewal

THE $3.3 million upgrade of Gregors Creek Road is the biggest single road infrastructure project funded under Somerset Regional Council’s 2019/20 budget.

Council will contribute $1.6 million to the strengthening and widening project as part of a $9.2 million investment in rural roads.

Another $3.8 million will go to bridge renewal works in areas including Atkinson Dam, Moore, Buaraba and Linville.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the funding continued council’s commitment to improving road safety across the region.

“Gregors Creek Road between Toogoolawah and Kilcoy is becoming an increasingly busy route as it is 6.5km shorter than the highway alternative that connects the two townships,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Twenty per cent of Somerset’s workforce is employed in the food and transport industries, and council remains focused on ensuring our roads and bridges can carry commercial loads to get produce from paddock to plate.

“More than 60 bridges have already been replaced in Somerset, and council has recently secured funding to replace another two, completing a substantial renewal of the region’s bridge network.”

For more on council’s 2019/20 budget, visit somerset.qld.gov.au/budget2020 and follow
facebook.com/SomersetRegionalCouncil.