New highway-Valley plan
OFFICIALS this week promised to keep the community up-to-date with a major new project to improve Mary Valley flood access and to boost safety on the Bruce Highway.
Early signs of the project are the drillers and a rig reported in yesterday’s edition of The Gympie Times, taking samples near the former Traveston Crossing dam site.
A department spokesperson said the project was early investigation work to develop what residents say are plans for a new Mary River bridge and a new road to replace the Traveston Crossing Road intersection with the highway.
“The department is investigating options to provide a connection to the local road network from Section B (Sankeys Road to Traveston Road) of the Bruce Highway upgrade, currently under construction,” the spokesperson said.
“This new connection road will address safety concerns at the existing Traveston Crossing Road intersection, improve access to and from the Mary Valley, particularly during periods of flooding and support local industries by improving appropriate highway access for the heavy vehicles.
“As part of the department’s investigations, geotechnical work including bore hole drilling has now commenced and will continue over the next few months.”
The spokesperson promised the department would continue its program of meeting with “key stakeholders and nearby residents,” saying it was progressively discussing its investigation work with the people mostly affected.
“These meetings will continue in the coming weeks,” he said.
The object at this stage is to research the engineering side of the project to develop suitable options.
“Once investigations have progressed enough to identify a suitable option, the community will be updated on the proposed improvements to the local road network,” the spokesperson said.