Roads shut for 'years'

MORE than a dozen roads in the Somerset Region remain closed, almost two months after heavy rain destroyed them.

Motorists can expect delays and detours around some of the affected roads and thoroughfares for at least the next few years.

Four of the region’s 14 roads still inaccessible by sedans are state-controlled roads while the remainder are council owned.

Somerset Regional Council mayor Graeme Lehmann said the council was doing everything it could to fix damaged roads as soon as possible.

“We have temporary access available around all damaged roads but it could be a couple of years before they are back to the same standard they were before the storms,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Some roads and damaged bridges will have to go back to the design and construction stage before any permanent repairs can begin.

“We are doing emergency repairs to all damaged roads in our region but we are waiting for the green light to go ahead and fix the roads properly.”

Cr Lehmann said there had been more than $50 million of damage to roads in the region.

“There weren’t too many roads in the region that weren’t damaged,” he said.

“The roads that carry the most traffic will be the ones that get the most attention.

“We are trying to get around the region as quickly as possible to fix all the roads but we just ask that motorists take care while driving and keep an eye out for potholes.”

DAMAGED ROADS

Esk Hampton Rd, Esk Kilcoy Rd, D’Aguilar Highway, Kilcoy Murgon Rd, Neurum Rd, Gregors Creek Rd, Minden Village, Mountain View Dr, Mahon Rd, Mary Smokes Ck, Monsildale Rd, Ten Mile Rd, Strassburgs Rd and Mount Stanley Rd.



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