A MAJOR arterial road through Hervey Bay is another step closer to construction.
Tenders are now being sought to build the Urraween to Boundary Road extension. The roadway, upon completion, is expected to improve accessibility to the Hervey Bay city centre from outlying suburbs.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council said the project will complete the missing link between Boundary Road and Kawungan Way and help reduce traffic congestion.
Division 8 Councillor Denis Chapman said the 1.9km four-lane Boundary Road extension would also provide for the region’s growing population.
“The extension will create a second east-west thoroughfare through Hervey Bay, removing traffic from Boat Harbour Drive and providing better access to major shopping centres, tourist destinations, and the health and medical precinct.
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“It will include new traffic lights, shared pathways, on-road and off-road cycle facilities, lighting, landscaping and drainage works, with construction expected to start in late 2021 and be completed in 2023,” Cr Chapman said.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt welcomed the milestone.
“Extending Urraween Road through to Boundary Road will improve connectively throughout Hervey Bay which is experiencing massive growth at the moment,” Mr Pitt said.
“The $7.7-million commitment under the Hinkler Regional Deal from the Federal Government for this extension follows the previous investment of $2.28 million towards the significant upgrade of Urraween Road, which was completed in 2018.
“This upgrade will make our local roads safer for not only residents, but also for tourists who visit our fantastic region.”
Cr Chapman said the Urraween to Boundary Road Extension was a critical part of the Hinkler Regional Deal between Council and the Australian Government, while the Queensland Government was also supporting the project through its Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme. “This connection has been planned since the 1980s with the majority of the road reserve dedicated to this east-west link in the 1990s so it’s fantastic to see it going ahead now,” he said.
The project is being funded with support from the Australian Government ($7.7-million as part of the Hinkler Regional Deal and Building Our Futures program) and the Queensland Government ($3,147,687) with the remainder to be paid by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
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With the detailed design phase now complete, exact costs will be determined once the tender is awarded. Tenders are open now through QTenders and close on Thursday 1 July 2021.
A local supplier/contractor and local content benefit weighting of 20 per cent has been adopted as part of the tender assessment for this project.
More details about the project, click here.