The project will include:
- Reconstruction and widening of East Street, between the Warrego Highway and Swans Road;
- Reconstruction and widening of Russell Street, between Swans Road and Chadford Street (Wallumbilla North Road);
- Upgraded stormwater drainage systems, including widened drains and additional under road culverts;
- Renewal of existing water mains within Russell Street;
- Upgrade of the Warrego Highway, Swans Road and Chadford Street intersections.
With Council's commitment to Road Safety, as a result of the increased industry traffic travelling to the north of Wallumbilla, these upgrades are targeted at improving the heavy vehicle network through the town to ensure that it meets the requirements of the industry and local vehicles. Once completed, Council also aims to restrict all heavy vehicles from travelling past the Wallumbilla State School and through the town centre.
Furthermore, as identified in consultation with the local residents, to help reduce the impacts of localised flooding during seasonal rain events within this part of the community, extensive stormwater analysis has been undertaken in developing the detailed design for these upgrade works. This has resulted in the inclusion of widened drainage channels and additional under road culverts to help carry the stormwater more efficiently.
Project works are set to kick off next week with works to take approximately three months to complete (weather permitting). To deliver the works, Council's Construction Team will call on the support of a number of local contractors and suppliers from across the Maranoa region helping to sustain the local economy and employment.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey welcomed Council's announcement and said the State Government was proud to help fund the project through its annual $70 million Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.
"Trucks play a vital role in keeping the Maranoa and all of Queensland moving – and never has this been more on show than during the coronavirus pandemic," Mr Bailey said.
"This project will separate the heavy vehicle traffic from local drivers, improving safety for everyone and efficiency for our region's primary producers.
"It'll also help to support local business and jobs as we all tackle the economic impacts of COVID-19.
"The project joins a $14.5 billion pipeline of transport and road projects being delivered by the Queensland Government throughout regional Queensland, supporting 13,500 jobs."
Motorists and residents are also advised that throughout the project, road closures and traffic detours will be necessary to complete the works. Council's Construction Team will liaise closely with those directly affected to notify of upcoming traffic changes and minimise the impacts and delays where possible.
Traffic controllers and road signage will be used while works are underway to help guide motorists through and around the worksite.
To keep up-to-date with the latest traffic changes and progress of the works, please visit Council's website and Facebook page. Alternatively for more detailed information about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Council's Construction Team to discuss the work on 1300 007 662.
The East & Russell Street Project has been funded from the Queensland Government Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme and the resource sector.