Council invests in roads to keep Fraser Coast moving
13 June 2019
Fraser Coast Regional Council will spend more than $40 million in 2019/20 to improve and upgrade roads, bridges and footpaths to ensure residents and visitors have safer and smoother journeys.
Cr Denis Chapman said about a third of the record $119 million capital works spend in the 2019/20 Council Budget would be allocated to roads and drainage projects throughout the region.
“The Fraser Coast Regional Council is determined to ensure we have resilient regional infrastructure that supports and caters for future growth,” he said.
“With Council responsible for about 2700 kilometres of roads and footpaths, we’re investing more than $40 million in maintenance, resurfacing and road reconstructions in the coming financial year.
“It’s all part of Council’s plan to build better communities and keep the Fraser Coast moving.”
Cr Chapman and Cr James Hansen made the announcement while inspecting work today on the reconstruction of Craignish Road from Castles Road to Karraschs Road.
“This $1.85 million project, which began in late May, is being undertaken by Council’s workforce and is expected to be complete by September,” Cr Hansen said.
“The work we are doing here will mean motorists travelling along this important connector road will get where they need to go safer and sooner.”
Some of the highlights in Council’s 2019/20 Infrastructure Services capital budget include:
$4.5 million for bitumen resurfacing, $1.4 million for asphalt resurfacing and $500,000 for pavement repairs throughout the region;
$2.5 million towards the Kent Street (Lennox to Adelaide Streets) Maryborough CBD Revitalisation Project, with $922,000 provided through the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions program for this project
- $2.5 million for a pavement reconstruction of a section of Torquay Road in Scarness;
- $2 million to upgrade the intersection of Boundary Road and Robert Street in Urangan;
- $1.25 million for kerb and channelling works at Ann Street and William Street in Maryborough;
- $995,000 towards the River Heads car parking project (commencing in July 2019 and to be completed in 2020/21 at a total project cost of $1.6 million, with almost $500,000 provided through the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions program);
- $600,000 towards replacing the Boar Creek bridge at Bauple (to be completed in 2019/20 at a total project cost of $735,135 with half the funds provided through the Australian Government’s Bridge Renewal Program);
- $600,000 to improve the Benaridge Creek bridge (to commence in 2019/20 and be completed in 2020/21 at a total project cost of about $1.3 million with half the funds provided through the Australian Government’s Bridge Renewal Program).
A further $1.3 million will be spent on a range of projects in smaller communities in the Fraser Coast region including:
- $300,000 to complete the Howard drainage project;
- $250,000 to complete a gully bridge north of Myrtle Creek on Thinoomba Road;
- $250,000 for road reconstruction works along Pleasant View Road, Yengarie from Mill Road to the boat ramp;
- $200,000 for footpath construction works along the Esplanade at Burrum Heads;
- $150,000 to complete concrete spoon drain works in Alice Street in Howard;
- $88,000 for carpark sealing works and paved footpath works in Lorikeet Avenue in Toogoom; and
- $70,000 to widen an existing turn around facility on the Esplanade at Tuan.