Upgrade on road link to Bargara

WORK has started on an estimated $14.5 million project to upgrade a two kilometre stretch of Back Windermere Road.

The project, partly funded through a Federal Government grant and developer contributions, extends from Innes Park Road to Coral Cove Drive.

The work is expected to take about six months.

Bundaberg Regional Councillor Greg Barnes said he was pleased the construction stage of the project was finally under way.

“This project has experienced delays due to some drainage and design issues together with unexpected spates of heavy rain which have resulted in an extraordinary amount of vital maintenance work which had to be prioritised across the region,” he said.

Cr Barnes said the upgrade would not only provide a more direct route for Coral Cove traffic travelling to Bargara but was also expected to reduce the volume of traffic on Innes Park Esplanade.

“As an added advantage, this section of Back Windermere Road will be constructed to a standard which will eventually form a link of the proposed North-South Distributor Road between Elliott Heads and Burnett Heads,” he said.

Council spokesman Wayne Honor said the upgrade was a major project involving earthworks, drainage, pavement construction and a 9 metre-wide bitumen seal and would provide two traffic lanes with sealed shoulders.



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