Cairns-based LDI Constructions will start a $4.1 million project to repair flood-damaged section of the Innisfail–Japoon Road, as part of Operation Queenslander.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt and Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace said repairs were needed on a 2.2-kilometre section of the road, between Innisfail and Aerodrome Road, damaged by severe wet weather in 2010.

“Queensland’s road network received more damage than any other state government asset during the flooding and cyclone events, with reconstruction expecting to take many, many years,” Mr Wallace said.

“Both governments are working together to get it fixed properly,” he said.

Mr Pitt said LDI Constructions detailed its intention to use local subcontractors and materials for the project in its tender application to the department.

“This is what Operation Queenslander is all about – creating jobs for local industries and rebuilding communities as part of the largest reconstruction effort in Queensland’s history,” Mr Wallace said.

“More than 14000 jobs road repair jobs will be generated from reconstruction works over the next few years, with 43 direct and indirect generated through the life of this project.

“Work is expected to start on the 5th of September to be completed by this Christmas, weather permitting.

“We ask the public to be patient and to observe the instructions of road crews around the roadwork site,” he said.

Mr Wallace said the Bligh Government would contribute additional capital funds to widen some sections of the road between Innisfail and Aerodrome Road to nine metres.