River Heads Road upgrade on track

Monday, 31 August 2015

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt and Fraser Coast Regional Mayor Gerard O’Connell today inspected progress on upgrades to the main road that links Hervey Bay to the Fraser Island ferry terminal.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government was funding the $3.75 million cost of upgrading the 3.5 kilometre stretch of River Heads Road.

“These works will complete the upgrading of River Heads Road, boosting safety for everyone who uses the road, including local residents and tourists,” Mr Truss said.

“This project has been a priority for the Coalition and I look forward to seeing the job finished in the near future.”

Mr Pitt, who at the 2013 Federal election committed to deliver the upgrade, said the completed works would provide a sealed two-lane road with wider shoulders and improved vertical and horizontal alignment.

“Accommodation, hospitality and retail play a vital role in the local economy and their growth depends on good transport links,” Mr Pitt said.

“Fixing this section of River Heads Road will support Hervey Bay’s tourism industry, inject more money and jobs into the region’s economy and improve road safety.”

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Cr Gerard O’Connell thanked the Federal Government for delivering on its commitment.

An improved River Heads Road will mean a better trip for the thousands of tourists who make their way to Fraser Island each year,” Cr O’Connell said.

The project involves embankment and drainage works, construction of new pavement, sealing, regrading driveways, footpath upgrades, service re-locations, line marking and signage.

The upgrade began in April 2015 and is expected to be completed in April 2016, weather permitting.

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