Roadworks are soon to start on the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road at the Torbanlea turn-off.
Roadworks are soon to start on the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road at the Torbanlea turn-off. Alistair Brightman

$17m for Marybh-Bay Road

A $17 MILLION project that will see a roundabout built on the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road has begun.

Aimed at improving the traffic flow between Maryborough and Hervey Bay, the project will take at least one year to complete.

“Over the next two months the contractor will be clearing vegetation to allow for widening works, starting earthworks, constructing new culverts and working on the new road sections on the Torbanlea and Booral roads,” said Department of Transport and Main Roads Acting Regional Director Lawry O’Brien.

The new roundabout would mean realigning the existing Torbanlea-Pialba Road and Booral Road intersections.

“Constructing a roundabout will not only improve the safety of motorists using the intersection but also improve traffic flow in all four directions,” Mr O’Brien said.

The project would also include widening and strengthening a 3.6km section of road between Torbanlea-Pialba Road and Dundowran Road and the construction of 1.5km of four-laning from the existing Booral Road intersection to north of Dundowran Road.

“Part of the project includes realigning the Old Walligan Road access to a new T-intersection on Torbanlea–Pialba Road as well as improving bus stop areas, signage and overhead lighting.

“This is an excellent example of the State Government investing in the Fraser Coast road network to meet the needs of rapid population growth in the growing coastal areas.

“About 10,000 vehicles use this section of the road each day and these works will improve the traffic flow and efficiency on Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road.”

Mr O’Brien said he hoped Fraser Coast residents would be patient and co-operative during construction.

“With the $11.5 million Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road project completed last year, the department understands motorists may have already experienced some minor disruptions,” he said.

“We will work closely with the contractor to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible and delays are kept to a minimum.”

About 130 direct and indirect jobs will be created by the project.



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