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.