The Burdekin Shire council will spend $4.77 million on road works in this year’s budget with $2.99 million, or 63 per cent of the total road works budget, to be spent on rural roads.
Mayor Bill Lowis said the program would include $1.17 million being spent on the kerbing, channelling and bitumen widening program.
“These works are a continuation of an eight-year program to provide kerbing and channelling and bitumen widening to urban streets that do not require major underground drainage,” he said.
“There have been many streets in Ayr and Home Hill that have already been completed, but there are still more.”
Cr Lowis said Council would also focus on widening and upgrading rural roads in the shire.
“We will be widening Old Clare Road, including the Plantation Creek crossing, at a cost of $630,000,” he said.
“This particular road has had quite a number of accidents and widening the crossing to dual lane should help curb any future accidents.
“Council will spend $1.01 million on the widening or reconstruction of other rural roads such as Ivory Road, Maidavale Road, Kilrie Road, Kirknie Road and McDowell Road.
“We also have allocated $500,000 to upgrade to bitumen standard sections of Old Home Hill Road, Porter Road, DeDomenico Road and Lena Road.
“Council will contribute $670,000 toward Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements projects to complete missing sections and widen roads where necessary.”
Cr Lowis said $310,000 would be spent on community footpaths.
“There are sections of footpaths that will be replaced and new ones will be constructed,” he said.
“Some of the footpaths that will be worked on include Cox Street from Davenport Street to James Street, Queen Street – where a footpath will be constructed from Spiller Street to Soper Street and repairs to existing CBD footpaths – and Ninth Avenue, Home Hill, between Tenth Street and Twelfth Street.