Bonville project rolls on
By UTE SCHULENBERG
IF you haven't ventured past Bonville lately, you are in for a very big surprise.
The once tree-lined stretch of highway is no longer.
Instead the long-awaited Bonville Deviation is carving its way through the countryside.
Since November 6 last year, starting at the Raleigh Deviation and working north, a total of 110 Abigroup workers and subcontractors have been operating 10 massive scrapers, bulldozers and one compactor on the project.
The work has currently progressed to just south of Pine Creek.
A spokesman for the RTA said the extensive use of mulch material obtained from on-the-job tree clearing, is being used for erosion and sedimentation control.
"This limits the need for artificial silt fencing," the spokesman said.
The project will result in 9.6 kilometres of dual carriageway between Perrys Road and Lyons Road.
A major feature of the project is the 19 new bridges that will be built, including twin bridges across Bonville, Reedys and Pine creeks.