Councillors address road issues

ROADS formed most of the subject matter at this week's Gympie Regional Council Works and Services Committee meeting, with rural work reported on 10 major roads in the month to May 21 – including slashing of verges on six major roads, sealed pavement repairs on nine roads, and sealing work completed on eight more, among a range of other related projects.

Major resealing and seal repair work was carried out at Barter Street, Farleys Lane, McLellan Terrace, Lillis Road, Mark Lane, Bone Lane, Grabs Lane and Aparima Court.

Councillors also recommended an approach to the Main Roads department seeking confirmation on when planning was likely to take place to upgrade the Cootharaba Road-Brisbane Road intersection.

They also called for planning on other major Tin Can Bay Road intersections with Wises Road, Red Hill Road, John Street and Graham Street. The discussion followed the council's action in forwarding to the department a letter from the Gympie State High School P&C Association.

Councillors resolved to raise the issue “in the strongest possible terms”.

Meanwhile, councillors stopped short of implementing a request to remove three parking bays in Duke Street, near the Telstra building, to improve visibility.

Design Services general manager Ross Chapman recommended against the request on the basis that traffic in and out of the Telstra building was very occasional and the three parking bays, near the Channon Street intersection, were valuable to motorists.

Mayor Ron Dyne said the car parks are often full and Cr Graham Engeman said the Telstra facility was largely automated.

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