Work on a roundabout that forms part of a long-term plan to better connect coastal communities with a north-south link is set to ramp up in coming weeks.
Following the recent completion of service relocation works local contractor Berajondo Earthmoving and Haulage is preparing to take possession of the site.
Bundaberg Regional Council Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said road closures and traffic disruptions would be in place throughout the construction period.
“The construction of this roundabout, at the intersection of Hughes and Watsons Roads, is an important stage in the long term project to provide a coastal linking road,” Cr Trevor said.
“Initial works will see the culvert on Wessells Road widened to ensure this road can appropriately cater to the temporary increase in traffic associated with the diversion to facilitate the roundabout construction.
“To undertake this work a full road closure of Wessells Road will be required for about two weeks.”
Cr Trevor said, following the completion of these initial works and the reopening of Wessells Road, road closures would be rolled out on Hughes and Watsons Roads.
“While we understand that road closures can cause residents and motorists some inconvenience, it is a necessary measure to allow staff and contractors to undertake construction in a safe and timely manner.
“Residents will be advised as soon as practicable of road closures associated with this project however the exact dates for future closures will not be known until construction has progressed further.”
Wessells Road will be closed to all through traffic from Tuesday, 7 May for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.
North-South Link project
The extension of Hughes Road between Watsons and Rifle Range Roads forms part of the long-term North South Link project, designed to provide greater connectivity between coastal communities.
The roundabout is essential infrastructure as part of this project that will enable seamless traffic flows once Hughes Road is fully constructed.
Funding for the work has been made available through government programs including Roads to Recovery and TIDS.