Bay road to be stronger and wider after $1.7 million upgrade

IT IS fast becoming one of Hervey Bay's busiest roads and now Chapel Rd in Nikenbah will get a $1.7 million improvement.

A 1.1km section from Woods Rd to Maryborough- Hervey Bay Rd will be strengthened and widened to accommodate the heavier vehicles and increased traffic.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council's infrastructure councillor Trevor McDonald said the significant project would facilitate future growth in the area.

 "Chapel Rd is becoming and is acknowledged as a significant arterial road into Hervey Bay," he said.

"It was never intended to be used as more than a regional road."

Cr McDonald said the works would increase the load carrying capacity and width.

"We have to act now before the road surface deteriorates," he said.

Work will start soon and is hoped to finish before February.

The council say motorists should select an alternative route or expect delays.

"There will be times when vehicles and machinery need bigger access - the road might be closed for a short period of time," Cr McDonald added.

"It's just another example of keeping our local economy on the boil."

Cr McDonald said the council's infrastructure program was "keeping the wheels of the economy turning over".



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