WORK STARTS ON MUD WALLS SECONDARY ROAD Mon 7 May 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Infrastructure The first stage of major work to improve the Mud Walls Secondary Road in the southern Midlands has begun. There'll be preliminary work between now and October - subject to weather - to extend culverts and remove trees, in preparation for the next stage north of Colebrook. The Minister for Infrastructure, David O'Byrne, said the $8 million project is part of the State Government's four-year, $90 million Community Roads program. "Good regional roads help keep our communities connected, and support our important tourism, agriculture and mining industries," Mr O'Byrne said. "The works on Mud Walls Secondary Road will provide safer travel, an improved pavement surface, and better drainage to protect the 10.2 kilometre section of road. "We appreciate just how important this road is for the local community. "We'll be working as fast and safely as possible to deliver this significant upgrade, to what's become a major alternative route to the Midlands Highway," he said. The works (over two stages are) on the section of road extending north from the railway crossing near Wallaby Rivulet culvert to Ringwood Creek culvert. Heritage and environmental values have been carefully considered, and will be managed during construction. The work is being conducted by the Tasmanian company, Andrew Walter Construction Pty Ltd, and is expected to be finished by February 2013, depending on weather.