WEAR DOWN: Trucks using Monto-Mt Perry Road to access works have caused the road to deteriorate further.
WEAR DOWN: Trucks using Monto-Mt Perry Road to access works have caused the road to deteriorate further. Jack Lawrie

Main Roads to pay for damaged road

THE Department of Transport Main Roads have arranged for maintenance to be carried out on sections of Monto-Mt Perry Road damaged from roadworks.

With roadworks running along the Burnett Highway, the amount of heavy traffic running through the area has increased with trucks hauling heavy materials.

Currently, Monto-Mt Perry Road contains several sections in need of road sealing, and these sections have been further degraded by the amount of trucks using the road to access the highway.

At the most recent North Burnett Regional Council meeting, councillors said TMR should foot the bill for maintenance works to repair the damage done to the road.

Monto Councillor Paul Lobegeier said TMR should take responsibility for the works.

"I think if they were the ones responsible for hauling trucks over that road and causing damage, it's in their remit to pay for the damage,” Cr Lobegeier said.

The roadworks in question were being undertaken by the council's maintenance workers, but were funded by TMR.

A TMR spokesperson said the short-term increase in road traffic caused by their works was the cause of the damage.

"We recently arranged for maintenance works to be carried out on the affected sections of Monto-Mount Perry-Road to ensure the road remains in a safe and trafficable condition,” the spokesperson said.

"These maintenance works were carried out by North Burnett Regional Council, as our maintenance contractor, but they were funded by Transport and Main Roads.”

"We fund all maintenance works on the state-controlled road network, which includes Monto-Mount Perry Road.”

The state of the Monto and Gayndah-Mt Perry Roads have been a topic of concern in the region.

North Burnett mayor Rachel Chambers has vowed to make the sealing of the roads a priority issue in the next state election.


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