Motorists to suffer as road going nowhere remains unfinished
FRASER Coast motorists will have to wait until next year for the new road designed to take the pressure off the roundabout at the Boat Harbour Dr-Main St intersection.
Although the council is on schedule to finish construction of its part of the Urraween Distributor in July, infrastructure portfolio councillor Trevor McDonald said one section of the road was the responsibility of Stockland Shopping Centre to complete.
Stockland only recently began work on its multimillion dollar expansion of the centre and Stockland's development manager Michael Buchanan said its section of the Urraween distributor would not be completed until next year.
"In addition to making a significant contribution to council infrastructure charges, Stockland is also investing $1 million in new road infrastructure to provide better motor vehicle traffic flow and access into the Hervey Bay Shopping Centre," he said.
"Completion of this section of the road upgrade has been scheduled to coincide with the completion of our redevelopment of the Hervey Bay Shopping Centre, towards the end of next year.
"We will not be able to open the road until the project opens."
Including the Stockland section, the road will link from Bay Dr to Main St in Urraween, to improve traffic flow to the growing southern suburbs of Kawungan and Doolong Flats.
It will also allow another link between Boat Harbour Dr and Main St, without traffic having to go through the busy roundabout at the intersection of the two roads.
Cr McDonald is expected to put forward a motion at the next council meeting to name the road after a pioneering farmer, Frederick Joseph Stirling.
Mr Stirling grew cane and ran a dairy from 1923 to 1963 on the land the road is going through.
Last week, the Chronicle ran an online poll asking readers what they thought of the road being called Stirling Dr, and the name received overwhelming support, with 93% of participants in favour.