Boundary Road a 'nightmare'
UNFINISHED and under the cosh, it’s one of the busiest roads in the Bay.
Boundary Road, which splits Torquay and Wondunna, is peppered by schools and sports fields.
It is best known to locals, among them ambulance drivers, as the easiest route to the airport.
And it is arguably the city road in most desperate need of repair.
“We have pretty big plans for Boundary Road to be upgraded into a multi-lane road,” David Dalgleish, chair of the Fraser Coast council’s rural and urban infrastructure committee, says.
The multi-million dollar renovation, however, is not as simple as that. Development and resumption plans in the area take time and in the present economic climate time is an expensive resource.
“We’re reliant on development contributions,” Mr Dalgleish says. “But just because someone gets approval (to develop) doesn’t mean we get a contribution immediately. Sometimes just when we think a decent contribution is about to come in, a project stops.
“The council doesn’t have near as much revenue coming in as it used to get. We’ve also lost State Government funding.
“Planning is underway, design work is being done, but there are financial constraints.”
Mr Dalgleish predicts the Boundary Road project will be “a high priority” after upgrade work on Main Street is done.
“It’s going to have to be built to a very high spec, which means it is going to be an extremely expensive piece of road to build.”
The combined costs of resumptions, traffic lights and appropriate access routes will make it a costly endeavour, as will the need for footpaths.
It is the lack of footpaths on Boundary Road that is alarming father-of-three Craig Bradley, who lived on the corner of Boundary and Bideford for three years.
“I used to walk the roads every day,” he says. “It’s a nightmare when your kids go out. You’re just watching up the road to make sure they come back.
“Kids have to take on the traffic, walking backwards and forwards.”
He describes the situation as ridiculous and argues that there is too much focus on “over the top footpaths” in places like the Esplanade.
“People are more interested in presenting the place as a tourist destination. But the tourists don’t see or use the back streets.”