Edwards Street to receive drainage upgrade

Burdekin Shire Council is preparing to start work on a major upgrade of drainage infrastructure in Ayr’s Edwards Street, in a project that aims to improve the area’s resiliency to flash flooding during heavy rain events.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the works would duplicate the existing drainage pipeline on both sides of the road and extend from west of Wilmington Street through to Graham Street.

“In the past this area has experienced problems in dealing with sharp, heavy showers, resulting in water backing up on the street,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Thanks to assistance from the Queensland Government under its Building Our Regions program, Council is ready to progress with a drainage upgrade to help safeguard surrounding homes, businesses and infrastructure from inundation. The second pipeline will provide additional capacity to cope with all the extra water during these rain events.”

The works, worth over $1 million, will begin in coming weeks with some disruptions to traffic, parking and property access necessary during the construction period.

“The works will take place in the parking lanes on both sides of the street,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“There will be little impact on through traffic, however parking will be affected during the course of the works. The intersections of Munro and Edwards Streets and Wilmington and Edwards Streets will also be partially closed at various times.

“Council thanks residents for your patience in advance and will advise of final dates and arrangements in coming weeks. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to heed all advice during the construction period for your safety and the safety of workers.”

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