First stage of Mackay road project completed

By: Jason Whittaker


The Queensland Government has completed stage one of a new multi-million dollar road project in Mackay aimed at reducing costs

The Queensland Government has completed stage one of a new multi-million dollar road project in Mackay aimed at reducing costs and the number of heavy vehicles on local roads.

Once completed, the $14.2 million Joint Levee Road project means trucks will no longer need to travel on Malcomson Street, which Minister for Main Roads Warren Pitt says will relieve congestion in North Mackay.

The project is part of a new 1.5km deviation from Sams Road through to the Kooyong intersection at Barnes Creek Road

Pitt says Joint Levee Road will also slash travel times for heavy vehicles to the port of Mackay, saving fuel, money and carbon emissions.

The project is being built in three stages with the new road ultimately reaching a height of five metres.

"Stage one includes the formation of the first half of the embankment and will be followed by a settlement period, which allows for consolidation of the material below the embankment," Pitt says.

"Stage two, which is due to be completed early 2009, will involve building the second half of the embankment and will be followed by another settlement period."

Stage three will involve the construction of the road pavement.

Pitt says the Joint Levee Road project is the best solution to the problems of traffic congestion in Mackay.

The project is one of a number of road infrastructure upgrades to be completed in the region.
The Government will spend $17 million duplicating Mackay-Bucasia Road and $128 million on the Forgan Bridge replacement project.

Pitt says the $33.6 million Hospital Bridge project has been progressing well, with construction of the roundabout at Hume Street, Lagoon Street and Lansdowne Road commencing earlier this month.

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