Cr Larry Friske and Cr Mick Curran inspect Power Rd work.
Cr Larry Friske and Cr Mick Curran inspect Power Rd work. Craig Warhurst

Power Rd work stalls due to wet season

TWO major floods have combined to push out the completion date on the $2.3million Power Rd construction project.

The major traffic artery, which carries thousands of cars daily between Exhibition Rd and Brooloo Rd on Gympie's Southside, was planned to be nearing completion but a record wet season has conspired against road workers.

Infrastructure portfolio head, Councillor Larry Friske, said the new completion date was still 10 weeks away.

Yesterday, he and Cr Mick Curran surveyed the completed work.

Cr Friske said the final touches were being put on Stage 1 and 2, which is from the Gympie Hockey Centre to Smerdon Rd.

Workers are just about to start work on Stage 3 from Smerdon Rd to Groundwater Rd.

Stage 4, from Groundwater Rd to Brooloo Rd, is last on the program.

Unfortunately for motorists, the completed road will remain closed until the entire job is finished.

Cr Friske said the decision to keep the completed section of road closed would save the council and ratepayers $10,000 in traffic control costs and allow construction to finish sooner.

Cr Curran thanked residents in the area for their patience, saying the delay was out of the council's control.

He said the wait would be worth it once a wider, safer road was in place.

The road is double the width of the old one, improving safety for motorists as well as cyclists and pedestrians.

The speed limit will remain at 70km/h but Cr Curran said he would make a submission to Traffic Advisory Committee to have the 60km/h zone, in the built-up section of Power Rd, extended for the safety of residents.

Cr Friske said he felt for Southside residents living on the current detour around Power Rd.

He said there had been some road damage due to the increased traffic in those areas.

He assured residents along the detour route that the roads would be fixed once Power Rd was completed.

"We are currently doing minor works to keep roads safe," Cr Friske said.

"Rehabilitation work will be done after that."

Gympie Times


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