Work begins on road to markets

MAIN Roads has announced it will begin repairing a Lockyer Valley road that has isolated residents since Christmas and caused financial loss to farmers.

The road connecting Gatton with the communities of Mt Sylvia, Junction View, West Haldon and Black Duck has isolated hundreds of residents and affected their livelihoods.

Many farmers in the region have welcomed the news, initially fearing they would be forced to rebuild Mt Sylvia Road at Mt Sylvia to get their crops to the markets.

Mt Sylvia Fresh Vegetables owners Julia and Brian Crust were among those relieved the road would re-open.

“We have broccoli and cauliflower planted for Coles in Victoria that has to be harvested in five weeks’ time, and if Main Roads haven’t fixed it by then Brian will have to fix the road himself like he did after the floods in December,” Mrs Crust said.

A Main Roads spokeswoman yesterday said they were doing everything possible.

“We are also frustrated about road closures and the effect it’s having on our communities, however, we are throwing everything we have behind the huge repair work caused by Queensland’s worst natural disaster,” the spokeswoman said.

She said road crews were currently out in the Lockyer Valley clearing water off crossings and conducting geotechnical assessments.

“Road crews will also be installing a number of steel pipes across major causeways on Mt Sylvia Road and lifting the temporary road above the current water level to allow improved access.”

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