A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the motorcyclist crashed on Clermont Alpha Rd at 11.53am on Thursday August 6.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the motorcyclist crashed on Clermont Alpha Rd at 11.53am on Thursday August 6.

$9 million to pave part of ‘notorious’ dirt road

A "NOTORIOUS" dirt path is slowly being paved after renewed calls for safety improvements along Clermont-Alpha Rd.

Clermont resident Ken Murray said the dirt road that connects Clermont to the Central Highlands region was a "notorious" crash hotspot after a motorcyclist was seriously injured on Thursday.

"(There's been) at least a couple of deaths and many accidents with multiple people injured for life," Mr Murray said.

He and other residents called for the 40 per cent of the road yet to be sealed to be fixed to prevent other life-threatening crashes.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the motorcyclist crashed on Clermont Alpha Rd at 11.53am on Thursday August 6.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the motorcyclist crashed on Clermont Alpha Rd at 11.53am on Thursday August 6.

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A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said two major works had been funded in the past two months to take on the remaining 74km of unsealed road along Clermont-Alpha Rd.

In June the Federal and State governments announced $3 million to seal 5km of the road, with works to begin later this year, he said.

A second round of funding announced last month put $6 million into Clermont-Alpha Rd, with construction to begin next year, he said.

In September 17km of road was sealed to the tune of $8.71 million, he said.

"We are committed to road safety and reducing the number and impact of crashes, including on remote and regional roads," he said.

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The rural road had an average of 80 motorists using it each day, the TMR spokesman said, yet there were seven crashes on Clermont-Alpha Rd in the past five years.

"We will continue to monitor the road and ensure routine maintenance is carried out as needed to provide a safe environment for all road users," he said.

"We also encourage motorists to drive to road conditions, especially on rural areas."


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