One of Bundaberg's busiest stretches of road will undergo a $3.5 million upgrade in coming weeks in a bid to improve safety and minimise ongoing maintenance.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads is undertaking rehabilitation works on Bundaberg-Bargara Road, from west of Eastgate Street to Hillrose Court, Bundaberg East.
The section of road has deteriorated in recent years and required ongoing work, causing disruptions to motorists and the community.
These works also include the laying of new asphalt along Princess Street and Bargara Road as well as the widening of road shoulders and the upgrade to five intersections with new turning lanes.
The upgrade will strengthen the road to minimise pavement failures and future maintenance costs and improve safety for all motorists.
The project is part of the State Government's $50 billion infrastructure guarantee for Queensland and, according to Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith, would be welcome news for residents throughout the region.
“I know how important these upgrades are to our community because I am out there listening to them every day,” he said.
“That is why I am so excited that we are getting on with the job of delivering for Bundaberg.”
Mr Smith said as part of the project, the government was able to collaborate with Bundaberg Regional Council to fund and add a new pedestrian crossing east of Olsen Street as well as additional sealing works.
“Being able to value add to this upgrade with Mayor Dempsey is another example of the two different levels of government, the Palaszczuk Government and Council, working together for the city,” he said.
“Projects like this add to our government's $42.5 million Isis Highway upgrade, $6.3 million Bundaberg Gin Gin Road package and eight new projects announced in January as part of a jointly funded road safety package.”
Mayor Jack Dempsey welcomed the announcement.
“Anything that works towards making our local roads safer is fantastic for the region,” he said.
“This is a great example of the state government and local government working together to improve outcomes for people.”
Three stages to Bundaberg-Bargara Rd works
The Department of Transport and Main Roads will complete the project across three stages with detours and closures progressively installed to manage traffic flows.
Roadworks are expected to begin on 22 February and motorists are advised to drive to the changed conditions, obey all signs and traffic controller directions and factor in extra travel time for their journey.
Works are expected to be completed by April, weather permitting.
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