Grantham road to be opened

LOCKYER Valley Regional Council last night decided after talks with Grantham residents to reopen the main road running through the devastated town.

Gatton-Helidon Road will reopen to the public today for the first time since an inland tsunami left the town in ruins.

Twenty-three people were killed when an eight-metre wall of water ripped through Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley towns on January 10. The majority of residents who died were from Grantham and Murphys Creek townships.

A Lockyer Valley council spokesman told The Queensland Times last night the main road through Grantham connecting Gatton to Toowoomba would open to all traffic with a 40km/h speed limit being strictly enforced.

“Local roads in Grantham will still be closed, with only local access allowed to those closed-off areas,” the spokesman said.

Traffic controllers and a strong police presence will still be in the township 24 hours a day until at least the end of February.

The decision to reopen the road was made at a Grantham community meeting last night.



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