Multiple projects will be undertaken along Hughes Road, Bargara in the coming weeks to enhance connectivity and road safety in the area.
Included in the Bundaberg Regional Council works is an upgrade to Hughes Road crossing at Moneys Creek to provide safety improvements to the busy area.
Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said the road was often inundated with water during heavy rain events.
“This section of road services more than 4000 vehicles every day and when overflowing with water, can cause quite a disruption to traffic as well as creating a safety hazard,” he said.
“To alleviate this problem, the existing pipe culvert structure will be upgraded to box culverts and the inclusion of a 2.5 metre pathway and a left turn lane into Causeway Drive will be implemented.
“This will provide improved immunity in the area, catering for larger rainfall events.”
Work is planned to commence late June and will be undertaken weekdays, during the hours of 6am and 5pm.
Weather permitting, work will be completed by September 2021.
During construction, a small section of Hughes Road (highlighted in red in the above image) will be closed with appropriate signage to detour motorists around the site.
Cr Trevor said Council would also be completing the missing pathway link along Hughes Road from next week.
“Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed within four weeks,” he said.
“During construction sections of the road will be subject to traffic management measures.”
The projects are jointly funded by Council and the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS).
Divisional representative Cr Greg Barnes said both projects would be welcomed by the community.
“Hughes Road Crossing is such an essential piece of infrastructure within the area and I welcome the improvements to make it safer for all road users,” he said.
“Likewise, completing the missing pathway link along Hughes Road will be a benefit to the community, providing residents with greater connectivity and more opportunities to walk, run or ride within our fantastic region.”
Cr Barnes said Council apologised for the temporary inconvenience that would be experienced by motorists during the construction.
“We encourage drivers to plan their trips using alternative routes,” he said.
“Access to local businesses to the north of the Hughes Road causeway via Bargara Road and Blain Street will remain open and I encourage the community to use these routes to support those businesses.”