Councillor Trevor McDonald in River Heads for the announcement of the start of roadworks on River Heads Rd.
Councillor Trevor McDonald in River Heads for the announcement of the start of roadworks on River Heads Rd. Hayden Johnson

Allow for some delays on River Heads Rd from March

MOTORISTS should allow extra time when travelling to the Fraser Island ferry from March when reconstruction work is expected to start on River Heads Rd.

Councillor Trevor McDonald said significant delays were not expected but urged tourist operators and people heading to the ferry to allow extra travel time.

"River Heads Rd will be kept open during the project but traffic will be diverted along Cove Bvld at times."

He said the project was expected to take six months, weather permitting.

"Council apologises for any inconvenience and appreciates drivers' patience while the work is undertaken," Cr McDonald said.

Councillor Darren Everard said the work would generally be done between 7am and 6pm on Monday to Friday but there might be some weekend work from time to time.

The project is being funded by the Federal Government ($3.75 million) and the council ($3.2 million) and involves the reconstruction of almost 3.5km of River Heads Rd, north of Cove Blvd to Gannet Way.

Cr McDonald said the council had received $850,000 towards pavement repairs on sections of Cove Blvd.

Traffic was diverted onto Cove Blvd when River Heads Rd was blocked by a landslip following heavy rains brought on by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald in 2013.

He said project would include embankment works, drainage including pipes and culverts, sections of new kerb and channel and new pavement.

Cr McDonald said stage one would include the reconstruction of both lanes of Cove Blvd from Seafarer Dr to Bengtson Rd and 1km of River Heads Rd, north of the Cove Blvd intersection.

He said stage two would include the reconstruction of River Heads Rd from Cove Blvd to Gannet Way and traffic would be detoured onto Cove Blvd.