Boundary Road will become a safety issue if not upgraded.
Boundary Road will become a safety issue if not upgraded.

On the road to sorting out funds

THE ROAD ahead is dotted with hard decisions for the Fraser Coast council’s director of capital delivery.

Wayne Sweeney conceded as much when put on the spot by councillor Les MucKan last week.

Mr MucKan wanted to know the state of affairs as far as the planned upgrade of Maggs Hill Road was concerned.

Mr Sweeney hinted that the Maggs Hill Road plan lies behind one or two other building priorities at this stage.

“It was on the budget originally,” he said, “but due to the decline in infrastructure contributions it may be held up.

“The design is ready to go but we will try and get a better understanding of what money is available.”

Up to $600,000 will have to be found for a River Heads road upgrade if a State Government contribution of $180,000 comes through.

However, both of these projects may lie behind the upgrade of Boundary Road which is fast assuming pole position.

“Some hard decisions about how we will allocate the funding we have,” Mr Sweeney said.

“If we wait two or three years with Boundary Road, it will start to become a safety issue.

“We will have to have the debate about these three roads and then hopefully we will have the figures available in the new year.”

A $5 million upgrade of a 1.7km stretch of Main Street is under way with VDM Bellero Construction employees already working on the Main Street-Urraween Road intersection.

Main Street will be closed from Urraween Road to McLiver Street when work on stage two of the project gets under way in February.



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