Roads under fire by heavy vehicles

BRIGHT FUTURE: Warwick Williams speaks at the NatRoad annual conference on August 3.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Warwick Williams speaks at the NatRoad annual conference on August 3.

QUEENSLAND'S road network will take a beating in the coming years if predictions for heavy-vehicle numbers come true.

Department of Transport and Main Roads, QLD heavy vehicle road operations project officer Warwick Williams quoted some phenomenal figures during his NatRoad presentation on the mineral resource sector.

He said there was a massive mining footprint in Queensland and its presence was expected to increase.

In the next three years it is expected another 150,000 modular construction moves on top of what is already on the roads will be needed to service the expanding liquid natural gas industry.

Meanwhile, 36,000 semi-trailer loads of gas pipe will be trucked to service the three pipe footprints across the state from Mitchell to Curtis Island.

"Each on-road movement for a drilling rig and its train of trailers requires approximately 10 excess mass-dimension permits at present," he said.

"They're going to drill 40,000 wells in four years. That's 400,000 permits."

He said that figure jumped to four million permits in the next 30 years.

Mr Williams said it was a positive outlook for Queensland and the Australian economy.

The LNG industry was moving water and sand by road, with 300,000 tonnes of fracking sand being trucked in from SA, he said.

And a recent service road built for one gas proponent had trucked in about three million tonnes of road base.

"There's going to be an upward trend of water and sand movement across our road network," he said.

Heading up the Bruce Hwy there is expected to be another 25,000 additional truck loads of structural steel, with 10% being excess dimension and mass.

And his office expects an additional half a million semi-trailer trips up the Warrego Hwy.

Topics:  mining boom

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