The new Hughes and Watsons Roads roundabout has opened to traffic and work has already begun on the next stage of the project.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the final stage of the Hughes Road extension would be the construction of the project’s missing link.
“The Hughes Road extension is an important piece of the puzzle for a north-south link connecting our coastal communities,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Council has progressively undertaken the works which previously saw a roundabout constructed on Back Windermere Road and an initial extension of Hughes Road from this point to Wearing Road.
“This final link will connect the two roundabouts and see Hughes Road flow all the way through to Back Windermere Road.”
Council staff have already been on site preparing for the next stage of the Hughes Road extension project.
Divisional representative Cr Greg Barnes said the opening of the roundabout would be welcome news to the community.
“This project is set to provide a far more direct route for coastal communities between Elliott Heads and Bargara.
“It will mean a shorter trip for residents, a reduction in traffic movements on heavily populated coastline roads such as Miller Street and Woongarra Scenic Drive and will also create a catalyst for sustainable development along the coast.
“The Hughes Road extension has created a high level of interest within the local community and it's great to see us achieve another milestone on the overall north-south distributor project.
“We thank motorists and nearby residents for their patience during the road closure for this project.”
Ian Hurley from Ian Hurley Tiling completed the stonework for the roundabout and put the finishing touches on the stone walls this morning.
“It's gone really well,” Ian said.
“I reckon it looks fantastic.”
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.
Funding for the work has been made available through government programs including Roads to Recovery and TIDS.