Burdekin Shire Council will begin the final stage of the $4.2 million Home Hill CBD drainage upgrade works on Monday.
Mayor Bill Lowis said Council had been working closely with the Department of Main Roads and Transport on engineering requirements and traffic management plans as the final stage of the works impact the Bruce Highway.
“Our Council team also has scheduled the works to ensure there is as little interruption to businesses as possible,” he said.
“Locals will still be able to access IGA and Eighth Avenue shops as the highway work will only impact Eighth Avenue at its intersection with Ninth Street.
“These works are integral to prevent flooding in the Home Hill CBD area and will take storm and flood water away from this area, bringing some relief to the business owners.
“I’d like to thank our Home Hill residents for their patience during this work.”
Operations Manager Wayne Saldumbide said crews would begin cutting across the highway from the corner of Ninth Street to the service road in front of Leading Appliances.
“We will install 750mm x 300mm culverts under the highway and the service road and constructing new drainage inlet pits on both the western side adjacent to Leading Appliances and the eastern side near IGA,” he said.
“While this work is being done, south-bound traffic will be detoured along Ninth Avenue from Tenth Street to First Street and north-bound traffic along Fifth Avenue from Sixth Street to Tenth Street.
“Council will endeavour to limit any access restrictions to CBD businesses to outside of normal trading hours.
“Access to IGA and Bendigo Bank will be available via normal driveway.
“Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and any instructions from traffic controllers or on site personnel for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.”
The Home Hill CBD drainage upgrade works will start on Monday, August 3, 2015 continuing to Friday, September 4, 2015, weather permitting.