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Outback road upgrade to prevent closure

Margaret Paul, Monday January 14, 2013 - 12:12 EDT
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It is hoped upgrades to the Tibooburra Road will reduce road closures that are caused by heavy rain in the area.

The Member for Murray Darling, John Williams, says work to seal around 30kms of the road will start in June.

Mr Williams says he is not sure exactly which parts of the road will be sealed, but the upgrade will aim to reduce the problems locals and tourists face when it rains.

"Primarily what they're doing with the Tibooburra road is trying to get those areas that are generally out of action when it rains, so we start seeing the road open more often than closed," he said.

"That's where they've focussed a lot of their work so I'd say that strategy will continue."

Mr Williams says the state government will spend 10 million dollars on the upgrade.

"It allows the Roads and Maritime Services to bring out all the heavy equipment, put it on site, make it all worthwhile with a reasonable amount of money to be spent on that road, and I think you'll see in that time a reasonable amount of work done on that road," he said.

"Obviously it's not the panacea to solving our problems, it's certainly a step in the right direction."


- ABC

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