Main Roads inspector Ron Greaves (left) and project engineer Ben Wedlock with plans for the work on the Booral Road entrance to the new roundabout.
Main Roads inspector Ron Greaves (left) and project engineer Ben Wedlock with plans for the work on the Booral Road entrance to the new roundabout. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Road upgrade plans on track

DESPITE the recent wet weather, the $17.1 million upgrade of Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road is on track to be completed early next year.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the new roundabout continued to take shape with the approaches connecting Booral Road and Torbanlea-Pialba Road to Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road at the roundabout nearly complete.

“Motorists are using the detour around the western side of the roundabout so that the eastern side works can be completed,” she said. “These works are just about finished.

“The roundabout is expected to be partially operational by the end of next month when the connections to Torbanlea and Booral Roads are finalised.”

The spokesperson said the widening of Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road from the roundabout to the Hervey Bay end of the project area was well under way with work to overlay areas with gravel to strengthen them expected to start early next month.

“A new safer T-intersection at Torbanlea–Pialba Road and Old Walligan Road is now complete,” she said.

The spokesperson thanked motorists for their ongoing co-operation and safe driving through the worksite and said the workers would continue to ensure delays were kept to a minimum.

The project involves widening and strengthening a 3.6km section of road between Torbanlea-Pialba Road and Dundowran Road and includes 1.5km of four lanes.



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