JOB: Works to make Monkland Street smoother will start next month.
JOB: Works to make Monkland Street smoother will start next month. Renee Pilcher

CBD taxi rank works delayed

WORK will not be starting on improvements for Monkland Street and the taxi rank until after Easter.

In February, Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne announced that the work would start in early March but yesterday council’s Works and Services Chair Larry Friske said council would wait until after the holiday period.

So far council has done some marking work to prepare the site but recent wet weather and associated road maintenance issues have pushed the work schedule back.

The improvements will include a new overlay for Monkland Street from Reef to Nash street and increased security measures for the taxi rank.

Lighting will be upgraded, railings will be installed as a crowd control measure and the footpath will be improved to reduce the likelihood of tripping.

The project is expected to cost $315,000 and will help traffic flows in Monkland Street during peak times with the taxi rank disabled until 7pm through to 7am and a designated left hand turning lane into Mary Street enabled.

People will still be able to catch a taxi between 7am and 7pm at the Sovereign Cinema rank.

Gympie Times


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