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Upcoming Queensland Rail works to improve track

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Queensland Rail is set to undertake major works to the rail line and Burnett River bridge next month.

Major works will soon be underway along the rail line between the Hanbury Street level crossing to the Burnett River rail bridge to improve track and road surfaces.

Queensland Rail will carry out works during the October long weekend and will include the excavation of the current track and level crossings and the laying of fresh formation, ballast, sleepers, rail and asphalt.

A QR spokesperson said once complete, the works would provide a smoother ride for rail and road users in the area.

“This work will involve loud, heavy machinery, including loaders and on-track vehicles with horns, bright flashing lights and reversing beepers,” the spokesperson said.

“Materials will be stored and transported nearby from the area alongside Station Street.

“Every effort will be made to carry out these works with respect for our valued neighbours.”

Queensland Rail will close the section of track and road between Kolan and Hanbury Streets from 9pm Friday, 1 October to 6pm Monday, 4 October.

During this time detours for road users will be in place via Edina, Kolan and Gavin Streets.

The project will also coincide with Burnett River rail bridge protection works which will include the installation of cathodic protection around the bridge piers that rest in the river.

A QR spokesperson said the works would limit corrosion and lengthen the lifespan of the bridge.

“Cathodic protection is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface by placing a sacrificial metal on the outside that corrodes instead of the protected metal,” the spokesperson said.

“Works involve creating a safe working environment around the bridge piers and live rail line, then the use of a barge with a crane to lift and secure the protection in place.”

From Sunday, 3 October to Tuesday, 5 October, between 6.30am and 5pm work teams will prepare the site.

Then from Thursday, 7 October to Thursday, 14 October between 6.30 am to 5 pm the pier protection will be installed between rail services.

“Residents near the works may experience some noise from construction activities including the use of machinery and plant, loading of materials, driving of a barge and bright flashing lights and reversing beepers,” the spokesperson said.

“Works may be subject to change due to weather conditions and operational requirements.”

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