Preliminary work has begun on a $10 million road upgrade to significantly improve peak-hour traffic flow and road safety in Hervey Bay.
Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt said a 1km section of Boat Harbour Drive between Hunter Street and McNally Street would be widened as part of a $2 million contract.
The work will be carried out by Neumann Contractors.
Mr Pitt said the upgrade would ensure Hervey Bay was ready for its future growth.
“This project will widen the road to four lanes, upgrade eight intersections and provide a new road surface suitable for the expected growth over the next 15 years,” Mr Pitt said.
“A new concrete pedestrian footpath will link existing council pathways between Banksia Park Drive and McNally Street, to the new signalised pedestrian crossing at Banksia Park Drive so pedestrians can cross safely.”
Member for Hervey Bay Andrew McNamara said roadworks would take place between Monday and Saturday from 7am to 6pm and were expected to be completed by the end of this year.
“This stretch of road already carries about 20,000 vehicles a day, 2000 of which are commercial in nature,” Mr McNamara said.
“Widening this section of Boat Harbour Drive will significantly improve capacity during peak hours and improve traffic flow for all road users. Improving road safety is a top priority for myself and the State Government.”
Mr McNamara said while the works would make a significant difference to road safety in Hervey Bay, it should be remembered that driver behaviour was a contributing factor in serious crashes.
“I ask motorists to slow down near these road work sites and observe all traffic signals and always drive to the conditions,” he said.