Famed motorcycle nirvana Mt Nebo Rd has been upgraded at massive cost to the taxpayer to make it safer only to fail and collapse in the first heavy downpour.
There are now fears that the 40km/h limit might remain after the road is fixed.
Roadworks on Mt Nebo Rd between the Goat Track and Manwaring Rd cost $3.2m with $1.9m from the Federal Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council paying the rest.
It reopened last month, but the road subsided after recent heavy rains and it is now back to single lane until the end of November for remedial work.
Councillor for Division 11 Darren Grimwade confirmed that “a section of the recently reconstructed pavement has failed following recent inclement weather”.
“The road will be closed to one lane until the end of November so the contractor can complete the rectification works,” he says.
“The speed limit will remain at 40km/h while remedial works are undertaken; visitors and locals can still explore Mount Nebo Road – the gateway to the region’s hinterland areas offering a range of activities from great day-trip experiences to walking trails, bed and breakfasts, and incredible views just waiting to be discovered.”
He made no mention of motorcycle riders!
Meanwhile, Motorcycle Advocacy Group (MAG) member Stuart Langfield says the speed limit was reduced because the council believed it would reduce the noise of the vehicles to the residents.
“At the AGM of the local residents last year I informed them it would not reduce the noise level but extend its duration by another 50%,” he says.
“Feedback from the residents is that I was correct.”
Motorcycles would also be louder as they would have to engage a lower gear for the duration of the section.
Stuart believes the 40km/h limit may remain after the roadworks are completed and MAG is likewise similarly skeptical over upcoming Main Roads upgrades.
However, we have no confirmation yet from council.
The only hope we have are in Cr Grimwade’s comment “the speed limit will remain at 40km/h while remedial works are undertaken”.
Let’s hope they return to a more reasonable 60km/h after the work is finished.
If it does not, it would be like similarly popular motorcycle routes that have been upgraded only to have their speed limit dropped.
The list includes, but is not limited to the Great Ocean Rd, Putty Rd, Bells Line Of Road and the Great Northern Rd.