Residents launch petition over poor state of Gatton-Esk Road
FRUSTRATED residents along the Gatton-Esk Road will have to put up with poor road conditions for a while yet with no firm timeline for the upgrades to complete.
A community group is petitioning Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson to undertake reconstruction and resurfacing of 8.2km of road between the Warrego Hwy and the Correctional Centre turn-off at Miller's Rd.
The State Government promised to upgrade the road with the opening of the correctional centre in 2012 however the most recent advice from the Department was that only a 2.5km stretch at Lake Clarendon would be upgraded.
That still leaves 5.7km to do and a Department spokesperson told the Gatton Star that further upgrades were "in the design stage"
"The proposed full upgrade of Gatton-Esk Road was designed to cater for the predicted traffic increase from the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre expansion," the spokesperson said.
"Upgrade works on the 2.5km section will improve visibility and safety for motorists."
Residents behind the petition say that while this work is required, the rest of the work needs to happen urgently.
"This State Government road was promised to be upgraded with the construction of the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre," the petition said.
"Instead the road was simply reduced from a 100km zone to an 80km zone and left to deteriorate under the increased traffic of construction vehicles, staff and visitors to SQCC.
"The additional impact of two major flood incidents has completely ruined the road, with temporary patching causing ongoing problems."
Works on the 2.5km stretch will be carried out from late November 2013 for about six months.