THE new work week is off to a better start for motorists in Maryborough.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council said last week traffic lights had been installed at one of the city’s busiest intersections and the road in front of the Maryborough Hospital had been upgrade as part of a $1.5-million project.
Walker and Neptune streets re-opened on Friday following the completion of the six-month project.
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Councillor Paul Truscott said the upgrades would deliver significant benefits to the people of Maryborough.
“I thank everyone for their patience while this work has been underway,” Cr Truscott said.
“There have been a range of components to this project including a road reconstruction of Walker Street from Neptune Street to Yaralla Street, a new footpath and the installation of traffic lights at the Walker and Neptune streets intersection,” he said.
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“The new traffic lights will make it safer for motorists travelling along Neptune Street from the south to the north where visibility is an issue. There are also safety improvements for pedestrians. A new 210m footpath has been built and the existing mid-block pedestrian crossing near the Maryborough Hospital has been removed to encourage pedestrians to cross safely at the new traffic lights instead,” he continued.
The Walker Street road reconstruction included pavement improvements, asphalt surfacing, stormwater drainage, line-marking, lighting, footpaths and the installation of a bus stop.
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Ten new Water Sensitive Urban Design street trees have been included on the southern side of Walker Street.
Local company SGQ was contracted to deliver the project for Council.