Roundabout on track for Christmas

BEFORE Christmas is the target for construction of the $4.4 million roundabout at the intersection of Shute Harbour Road and Tropic Road in Cannonvale according to Program Manager Gautham Nair.

“There will be some small tidy up work after Christmas, but that won't affect traffic.”

Mr Nair said the target of Christmas was heavily dependant on weather.

Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace and Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt inspected the project last week.

Ms Jarratt said the new intersection layout was starting to take shape with most of the widening works now complete.

“Asphalt will be laid on the new road either later this month or in early December. Once that's laid, the kerbing will get underway and then the roundabout will be fitted with concrete,” Ms Jarratt said.

Work also started earlier this month on safety improvements at the intersection of the Whitsunday Way and Rifle Range Road at Mount Marlow.

Mr Wallace said the $1.2m project was funded from the State Government's Safer Roads Sooner program, which uses funding from red light cameras to target safety issues on the state controlled road network.

“These safety improvements include widening the intersection to provide dedicated left and right turn lanes into Rifle Range Road,” Mr Wallace said.

“Work is expected to be completed in mid-December, weather permitting.”

Meanwhile, during the minister's visit he was presented with the vision document for the upgrade of Airlie Beach Main Street.

Whitsunday Regional Council's CEO, Mr John Finlay said they discussed different elements of the project such as the overall streetscape plan, the design of the entrance roundabout and drainage.

“The concept was really well received by the Minister,” Mr Finlay said.

Whitsunday Regional Council is hoping to secure funding from both the State and Federal Governments to develop the project in a staged approach.

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