End in sight for footpath project
A LONG-awaited footpath in Hervey Bay will be finished by the end of the month.
The 500m footpath on Doolong Rd is at the bottom of a natural drainage line and the heavy rains in June and July played havoc with the council staff trying to build it.
It rained nearly every day for six weeks after the project started, said the man in charge, Kevin Bauman from QCivil.
"The rain and then waiting for the ground to dry out cost us eight or nine weeks," he said.
Mr Bauman said it was still too wet to get heavy trucks on to the site, so the workers were limited to using a bobcat to move materials around.
"If all goes well, and it doesn't rain, we should have the footpath finished by the end of September," Mr Bauman said.
This is stage one of a project that will eventually link retirement villages and the growing housing developments along the ridgeline with the Main St walk/cycleway path, the hospital and Hervey Bay CBD.
While the footpath ends near Ian Ave now, the missing section will be built as part of a project to reconstruct 360m of Doolong Rd from Main St early next year.