Contractor will work around the clock on CBD renewal
THE time frame for the Maryborough CBD renewal construction works should be cut to 18 weeks by using teams working around the clock and on weekends
Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connell said Maryborough company JAC Civil had been awarded the contract for the project which was initially expected to take 32 weeks to complete.
"The construction work will start after Easter and we anticipate it being finished by mid-August, weather permitting," he said.
JAC Civil will use two crews on 12-hour shifts working from 6pm on Sunday to 6pm on Friday.
Day time shifts will run from 6am to 6pm.
To ensure traffic flows are not interrupted, parking lanes on the opposite side of the street to where works are being undertaken will be closed and use to maintain two-way traffic flows.
At night, all vehicles will be detoured away from the work area.
Provision will be made for access to the food businesses which operate at night.
Councillor Daniel Sanderson said an information session for businesses and building owners would be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday, April 8, in the reception room upstairs at the Maryborough City Hall.
"Council and the contractor will go through the staging and works plan with business and building owners at the information session," he said.
"We urge CBD business operators and landowners to come to the meeting to hear the details of the construction staging.
"There is more to this plan than just pulling up the pavers.
"The work comprises drainage works, earthworks, service conduits, pavement works, kerb and channelling, exposed concrete and cobbled foothpaths, lighting, traffic signal renewal, landscaping with art installations, asphalt works and line marking.
"It will also incorporate phase one of the Maryborough Story Trail project."
Cr Sanderson said the markets would be moved from Adelaide St to the grassed area around the city hall with the fruit and vegetable stalls in McDowell car park.
"The markets are important to the CBD and traders so we have ensured they remain as close as possible to the CBD during the project," he said.