PREPARATIONS for the resurfacing and upgrading of the Monkland Street taxi rank are well underway.
This week, Gympie Regional Council raised kerb and channelling along Monkland Street outside the Royal Hotel and continued the works to adjoining storm water drains around to Memorial Park.
Council’s Works and Services Committee chair Cr Larry Friske said the footpath needed raising as overlay work would make the level of the road higher.
He said in the end, Monkland Street would be a flatter road and look much better. Major works on the project which include the resurfacing of the road, footpath upgrades and installation of crowd control railings near the taxi rank, are due to start after the Easter break.
All up, council will be spending about $315,000 on the work. When completed, the Monkland Street taxi rank won’t operate from 7am to 7pm and the only rank available will then be near the Sovereign Cinema.
Mayor Ron Dyne has said this will help with the flow of traffic along Monkland Street and allow a dedicated turning lane left into Mary Street.
From 7pm to 7am the rank will be available in its current position in-between Mary and Nash streets.
Another part of the project will include in installation of better lighting at the taxi rank to help improve safety.
And although no money has been budgeted for security cameras at this time, council will try and include CCTV surveillance in subsequent budgets, Cr Dyne said.
He also said the footpath upgrade near the rank would provide a more even surface and the lighting and railings would offer a much safer and controlled wait for a taxi at night.
Gympie police have said the rank upgrade would assist police efforts.