Boundary Road to be upgraded
A MAJOR connector road that gives motorists a ride to rival a dodgem car circuit is about to be Band-Aided.
Hervey Bay's Boundary Road between Robert Street and Booral Road will next year get an upgrade – but not to four lanes.
“Current traffic volumes for the next 20 years do not trigger the demand to upgrading to four lanes,” recommended the council's executive manager design, Barry Heins.
But he added: “The existing surface is extremely rough and shows evidence of continual maintenance work.”
Wednesday's council meeting in Maryborough canvassed the proposed upgrade.
Councillor Belinda McNeven said that “obviously it's a road that needs some serious work … and should be functioning as a major east-west connector”.
She also canvassed whether the “quick fix to make it to a slightly more acceptable standard” was better than “doing the proper job”.
After the meeting councillor David Dalgleish said: “If we wanted to hold out doing anything to the road 'til the time is right to extend it to four lanes, we could be waiting another 10 years.”
“This upgrading will assist in future upgrades.”
Councillor Les MucKan wanted to know what would happen to the big concrete pole at the corner of Robert Street and Boundary Road and a council staffer told him negotiations were under way with Ergon over that, including the possibility of redirecting the power during the upgrade.
“Who's going to pay for the pole's removal?” Mr MucKan asked.
“I believe Ergon should pay. Ratepayers shouldn't have to.”
At this stage it seems the stretch of road will be upgraded early next year to a nine-metre bitumen seal with concrete edge restraints on both sides.
An edge line will also be added to the northern side of the road to delineate a 1.5-metre corridor, which could be used for bicycles.
The bill will be paid out of the council's capital works budget.