Bonita Doyle and daughter Carlie are thrilled Chapel Rd is open again so they can sell bananas from their farm.
Bonita Doyle and daughter Carlie are thrilled Chapel Rd is open again so they can sell bananas from their farm. Roderick Makim

Nikenbah's Chapel Rd open again

CHAPEL Rd has reopened after four months worth of roadworks and the locals are going bananas about it.

Bonita Doyle had to sell the bananas from her farm at a different location since the works began on May 28, and she was looking forward to getting back to business as usual this weekend.

Even though the actual roadworks were a few hundred metres away from Bonita's property, the fact the road was closed meant no-one would drive past.

She said she was thankful to strawberry farmers Keith and Shelly Boswell for allowing her to sell from their property.

"It's fantastic the road is open again," she said.

The section of Chapel Rd between Main St and Woods Rd was originally going to be closed for just six weeks; however heavy rain in June delayed the project significantly.

The council had to wait for the road to dry out sufficiently to allow heavy earthmoving equipment back on-site and then remove sludgy subsoil.

Between 300mm to 1200mm of the substandard material had to be removed and replaced with rock, over which the new road was built.

"Chapel Road is the main route to the city's transfer station at Nikenbah and the road is now built to cater for the expected traffic as the city grows," Deputy Mayor Trevor McDonald said.

The Doyle's bananas will be on sale at 177 Chapel Rd from 7.30am to 2pm every Saturday and Sunday.



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