The Bourbong Street rail crossing will be closed for maintenance works from tomorrow as crews work to replace parts of the crossing.
The level crossing will be closed between 29 January and 1 February as about 45 workers complete the $650,000 maintenance works.
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said the works were part of Queensland Rail’s rolling program of works to ensure the safety and reliability of the North Coast rail line.
“The North Coast line is a critical link for freight and passenger rail services so safety needs to be our number one priority, particularly where rail meets road,” he said.
“As part of the upgrade, the rail team will cut, move and weld new rail and pour fresh asphalt through the crossing.
“These works, which are part of scheduled maintenance, support larger rail upgrades delivered by the Palaszczuk Government in Bundaberg, such as the $21 million upgrade to signalling and seven level crossings that was completed in late 2019.”
Mr Smith said the Bourbong Street rail crossing maintenance project was also supporting local jobs at a crucial time for the region, with around 44 staff working over the closure including local labourers and plant and machinery operators.
He said every effort would be made to undertake these works with minimal disruption to the community.
“The Bourbong Street level crossing will be closed to motorists and pedestrians for the duration of the upgrade,” he said.
“Traffic control will be in place to assist motorists with diversions, and a courtesy shuttle will operate to transport pedestrians around the crossing as needed.
“We thank Bundaberg residents for their patience while these important works take place.”
Bourbong Street level crossing will be closed between McLean Street and Burrum Street from approximately 8pm Friday, 29 January until 6am Monday, 1 February 2021, weather permitting.
Vehicle detours will be in place via Burrum and Maryborough Streets for the duration of the Bourbong Street rail crossing closure.
Queensland Rail Travel services will be replaced by road coaches during these works and customers are encouraged to visit www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au for service updates.
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