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Grooves in road to be fixed

The Department of Main Roads and Transport is looking into the cause of deep grooves in recent highway work.
The Department of Main Roads and Transport is looking into the cause of deep grooves in recent highway work. Craig Warhurst

LARGE grooves have appeared on the surface of the Bruce Highway near Monkland Street after the last few weeks’ rainy period and it has only been 10 months since it was upgraded.

In April last year, stage two of the federally-funded Bruce Highway upgrade from Albert Park to Channon Street was completed and now the section near Nelson Reserve needs upgrading.

Yesterday, a Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said a section of the Bruce Highway’s Gympie upgrade at the Monkland Street intersection was currently being resurfaced.

The departmental spokesperson said the works were due to “minor deterioration” of the road surface and were expected to be completed tonight, weather permitting.

But the spokesperson could not say what had caused the deep surface runs.

“The Department of Transport and Main Roads is investigating the cause of the localised deterioration,” the spokesperson said.

“Recent wet weather has already been ruled out as a factor.”

The spokesperson could not say what the department would do in the future to ensure the surface would not deteriorate again.

They did say the cost to resurface the section of road was covered within the initial project budget of $70.8 million.

Recently, the final stage of the upgrade project was completed.

Works included increasing highway lanes from two to four between Centro Way and Pine Street and significant upgrades to the Monkland, Channon, Cross, Jane and Pine street intersections.

New traffic lights were also installed at the Cross and Jane Street intersections to improve traffic flow and safety.

Pedestrian crossings were also installed at the Cross, Jane and Pine street intersections.

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