Mount Morgan Range reopens to traffic

Central Queensland freight operators will be able to drive on the Mount Morgan Range again 513 days after it sustained damage from Cyclone Oswald in January 2013.

Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, said the range will be open on Sunday following the completion of the $21.7 million reconstruction project.

“The range was severely damaged following ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald in January 2013, with 35 landslips occurring along its length,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“Rebuilding the road was a challenging task, but a very important one, because people living in regional Australia deserve quality roads that are safe and comfortable to travel on.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister, Scott Emerson, joined Member for Keppel, Bruce Young, to inspect the final touches at Mount Morgan this week.

“After inspecting the damage in 2013, I promised we would get on with the job to fix this vital link,” Mr Emerson said.

“We have a strong plan for a brighter future and major reconstruction projects like these are part of that plan.

“After nearly 18 months, I am pleased the Mount Morgan Range is open again providing a major alternative for bussing kids to school or as a key freight route.”

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