Workers keep Main Steet on track
WORKERS on the Main Street reconstruction project in Hervey Bay are on the job six days a week and putting in long hours in a major effort to keep the project on track.
A Fraser Coast Regional Council spokesman said rain on 77 days had held up the project and, for each wet day, it took another day for the site to dry enough to allow equipment back on to start work again.
He said that, to stay abreast of the project, contractor VDM Bellero was averaging 30 men a day on site, working 10-hour days on the critical aspects of the job six days a week – with occasional Sunday projects thrown in.
Work on the $7 million project to rebuild 1.3km of Main Street between McLiver Street and Doolong Road began in November last year and is scheduled to be finished in November this year.
Pialba's Main Street was closed from July 26 because of the amount of cut and fill that had to be undertaken as part of the earthworks to form the new road.
The spokesman said up to 1.5 metres would be cut from the tops of hills along Main Street and up to 2m of fill would be used to level out dips and hollows.
About 15,000 cubic metres of fill was being trucked in, he told the Chronicle.
VDM Bellero hoped to have enough of the site prepared to lay road pavement in September.