Council has finished its 2019/20 road reseal program early, with 17 hinterland roads resurfaced at a cost of $1.2 million in the past 12 months.
· Old Tewantin Road at Lake Macdonald.
· Beddington Road at Doonan.
· Laguna Street at Boreen Point.
· Mary River Road at Cooroy.
· Swift Drive at Lake Macdonald.
“Our staff and contractors have resurfaced more than 6km of hinterland road, compared to 3.2km of road in the coastal part of the shire,” Mayor Clare Stewart said.
“We’re able to cover more ground in the hinterland for each dollar spent as the majority of the road surfaces on our rural roads are spray-sealed, which is a more cost-effective solution,” Infrastructure Services Director Carl Billingham said.
“The surface we use on our coastal roads costs a bit more as it has to handle much more traffic and it provides a smoother surface for cyclists and motor scooters. It also needs to last longer as we reseal the coastal roads less often.”
Coastal roads resurfaced this year include Noosa Drive, Moorindil Street at Tewantin and Bicentennial Drive through the busy Sunshine Beach school precinct.
“These roads needed to be resurfaced as the existing surface had reached the end of its useful life and wasn’t protecting the pavement underneath. Letting water into the pavement below reduces the life of the road and makes for a rougher ride for all road users.”
This week contractors will be putting the finishing touches on Black Mountain Road in the hinterland. They’ve also completed repairs to Cootharaba Road.
“In addition to resealing, Council has also replaced several gravel roads in the hinterland with sealed road, including Tewah and Hector Streets at Boreen Point. And work is about to start on the gravel stretch of Ambulance Street at Pomona,” Mayor Stewart said.
“This work will complete some missing links in our urban sealed road network.”
Mayor Stewart said Council was finalising next year’s reseal program, which would again provide better roads for the hinterland.
Cr Stewart said Council was committed to ensuring that the whole of the Shire was well resourced in regard to road resealing.