NEARLY DONE: Cr James Hansen (L), JAC Civil site supervisor Simone Betts, FCRC Executive Manager Works and Services Bryan Hart and Cr Trevor McDonald Check progress on Yerra Road.
NEARLY DONE: Cr James Hansen (L), JAC Civil site supervisor Simone Betts, FCRC Executive Manager Works and Services Bryan Hart and Cr Trevor McDonald Check progress on Yerra Road. Contributed

Yerra Road upgrade almost complete

AFTER almost six years of continuous roadworks set up along Yerra Rd west of Maryborough, the $1.77 million upgrade is drawing to a close.

The works began on Yerra Rd in 2010 when the Fraser Coast Regional Council spent $402,000 on a project to replace the aging timber bridge over 18 Mile Creek with concrete.

The council went on to spend another $400,000 on re-aligning the road with the new bridge.

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the road was damaged by floods.

In March this year, a $600,000 contract to rebuild 580 metres of Yerra Rd and 70 metres of Pilerwa Rd at the intersection of the two roads was completed.

The council received $50,492.91 from the State Government Betterment Fund and $167,000 from the State and Federal Governments under the Restoration of Essential Public Assets Fund to support this project.

Work on a $372,502.39 project on the northern side of Pilerwa Rd to repair 660 metres of Yerra Rd is now drawing to a close.

"Repairing the road is an ongoing process," Infrastructure and Planning Portfolio Councillor Trevor McDonald said.

"Council has almost 1,500 km of sealed road in its network and we've allocated $46 million to build new and repair roads in the current budget."

Primary production and rural infrastructure portfolio Councillor James Hansen said the road was an important link for the region's agriculture sector.

"Council is investing in regional roads and bridges to ensure the prosperity of the region," Cr Hansen said.

The council was unable to release a definite completion date due to unpredictable weather conditions.



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