Design for Main Street roundabout
Work on the roundabout at the intersection of Main Street, Chapel Road and Maggs Hill Road is entering its next phase, with Fraser Coast Regional Council recently completing the design for the $3m project.
Councillor Denis Chapman said the roundabout was part of a staged development of Main Street, which was one of the main access points to Hervey Bay and north-south arteries.
“In the past 12 years, a substantial section of Main Street has been rebuilt – from the Esplanade to Booral Road, to improve traffic flows and access to the CBD,” Cr Chapman said.
“The last significant work was replacing the section from the base of Ghost Hill to Chapel Road in 2018.
“The intersection is the remaining piece of the jigsaw to slot into place, and we thank the Queensland Government for providing $1.1 million towards the project under the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS).”
Cr Chapman said over the past three financial years, Council had obtained the land around the intersection to build the roundabout and relocate services including Telstra, Optus, Ergon’s 11kv and low voltage power lines and fibre optic lines around the intersection.
“Main Street is a major entry to the city, as well as access to Booral Road for vehicles heading to Maryborough,” he said.
“More vehicles are also using Maggs Hill Road as the Doolong Flats suburbs (around the Fraser Coast Anglican College) continue to grow and the intersection is the main access to the Nikenbah Transfer Station and recycling centre.”
Cr Chapman hoped Council would be able to call for tenders subject to Council endorsing the project in the 2020/21 budget.
Future works include upgrades to the intersection at Chapel Road, Madsen and Woods roads.
“As the number of people accessing the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct continues to increase, this intersection will also need an upgrade.”