Council gets its wish for $26m intersection upgrade funding
UPDATE: Three Hervey Bay intersections will be upgraded thanks to $26 million in funding from the State Government's Royalties for the Regions program.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council has received the funding to upgrade the Urraween and Hervey Bay Maryborough Rds intersection, the Hervey Bay Maryborough and Pialba Burrum Heads Rds intersection and the Scrub Hill Rd, Wide Bay Dr and Burrum Heads Rd intersection.
Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern made the announcement at the same time as revealing $1.8 million would be provided to raise the causeway near Torbanlea school.
The announcement was made during a media conference at Torbanlea attended by Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen.
Mrs Maddern said another $525,000 in funding would go towards the council's goal of establishing a fly-in fly-out workers' hub.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell reacted happily to the news saying: "good stuff".
EARLIER: An upgrade of two notoriously congested and dangerous intersections are on the top of the Fraser Coast Regional Council's wish list for the State Election.
The Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd intersection can be bumper to bumper with traffic in peak periods.
Cars turning right towards Craignish are regularly backed-up to the traffic lights.
And with development surrounding the Urraween Rd and Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd crossroad, the council is pushing for an upgrade.
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Infrastructure councillor Trevor McDonald told the Chronicle both intersections were getting busier as Hervey Bay grows by about 3% a year.
"The top of our wish list is an upgrade to the Urraween Rd intersection," he said.
Cr McDonald said development surrounding that intersection had made it one of the most vital links on the Fraser Coast.
Sitting Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen was optimistic a solution could be found.
He said an announcement regarding the roads would be made today.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the intersections were a "safety issue"
"There are hundreds if not thousands of people using them," he said.
"They are in high demand- major arterial junctions."
Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd and Pialba Burrum Heads Rd are State Government owned roads while Urraween Rd is a council responsibility.