Isaac Regional Council has made a small change that will lead to a big reduction in road maintenance costs on an essential agricultural corridor.
Challenging times and budget restraints have provided Isaac Regional Council with the perfect conditions for innovative thinking.
A road rehabilitation project along 43 kilometres of Lou Lou Park Road, that would have cost around $4 million in the past, was delivered on time and under budget for $1.5m thanks to the hard work and forward thinking of all involved.
Mayor Anne Baker said the Queensland council crew went above and beyond to solve the pavement issues the road has had historically.
"After 18 months of research and trials, they found the Australian-made PolyCom Stabilising Aid," she explained. "They discovered it could withstand several varieties of unfavourable ground conditions."
Used in road construction and maintenance on sealed and unsealed roads for over 14 years, PolyCom allows crews to build stronger, longer lasting pavements with the materials already in the ground. This reduces the need to procure and transport new quarry materials to damaged roads. PolyCom-treated roads require less maintenance, which leads to significant savings in time and resources.
Mayor Baker said the works on Lou Lou Park Road conducted in late 2016 included reinstating formation shape, drainage, gravel capping and pavement stabilisation.
"The rehabilitation will ensure a safer commute for the cattle road trains and agricultural traffic that use it each year," said Mayor Baker.
"Council crews worked extremely hard to deliver the project on time and under budget. The team's positive work ethic and determination produced excellent results in what was before considered unachievable. We are proud to deliver this project as promised in the 2016-17 ‘Connecting Our Communities' Budget."
Cr Dale Appleton said he was impressed with the finished product.
"I'd like to congratulate the road construction crew for their efforts," he said. "They tackled a difficult project and persisted to track down a new product that could ensure the road's longevity."
"We've already had positive feedback about the high standard from farming families who use Lou Lou Park Road," Cr Appleton said.
The Lou Lou Park Road Rehabilitation Project was jointly funded through the Queensland Government Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) and Isaac Regional Council.
Congratulations to the Isaac Regional Council and all involved with PolyCom Stabilising Aid, in particular Kris Chapman from SEALS Group who was there from start to finish to oversee this project.
Click here for the full media release on the Isaac Regional Council website.
Visit www.earthcoprojects.com.au for more information about PolyCom Stabilising Aid.
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