About $34 million to be spent on roads

The Burdekin Shire Council will this year spend about $34 million in capital works on its roads.

Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said this large expenditure included more than $29 million in Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding.

“There are many roads in our Shire that have been affected by past floods and rain events that are still to be repaired,” he said.

In addition to the NDRRA funding, council will embark on capital works valued at about $4.7 million.

 “Roads that will be worked on this financial year include $382,000 being spent on Old Clare Road, where a 1.2km section south from Robertson Road will be reconstructed and widened,” Cr Lowis said.

“Two roundabouts will be constructed in Home Hill – one at the intersection of Eleventh Avenue and Fourteenth Street and the other at the intersection of Fourteenth Avenue and Fourth Street – at a total cost of $318,000.

“Council would also be spending $106,000 to replace sections of the Queen Street CBD footpaths.”

Other road projects include:

  • Macmillan Street, Ayr – a culvert will be replaced and kerbing and channelling will be completed in conjunction with NDRRA ($80,000).
  • Railway Avenue, Home Hill – section from Eighth Street to Tenth Street will be bitumen sealed with kerbing and channelling ($298,000).

Council enters its fourth year of the kerbing and channelling program with $1.17 million being allocated out of this year’s budget. Areas to be targeted in this round of the program include:

  • Ayr – Spiller Street, from Queen Street to Macmillan Street; Lawson Street, including upgrade to intersection with Mackersie Street; Ahern Street; Grey Street, from Chippendale Street to Irving Street; and Leichhardt Street.
  • Home Hill – Tenth Avenue, from Fourth Street to Sixth Street; Fourth Street, from Ninth Avenue to Tenth Avenue.

New footpaths will also be constructed including:

    • Burke Street – from Young Street to St Francis School.
    • Luxton Street – from Walton Street to Giru.
    • Drysdale Street – from Burke Street to Queen Street.
    • Eighth Street and Tenth Avenue – adjacent to Hospital.

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