Motorists warned about road works

MOTORISTS have been warned to take care of changed conditions while road work is in progress on a number of Cannonvale roads to improve traffic conditions in the increasingly busy suburb.

Whitsunday Police senior constable John Bentley said people had been seen knocking over bollards used in road works areas and this behaviour could prove unsafe for motorists.

“As a matter of public safety, if police come across people interfering with traffic signs, the penalties can be quite severe,” he said.

Meanwhile work on widening the road and footpath at Altmann Avenue in Cannonvale is almost complete.

This will allow for a bus parking area as well as car and boat trailer parking which is close to the VMR.

Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Mike Brunker said extra car and boat trailer parking was vital to the area and would provide an alternative for recreational fisherman who could not use the nearby Abel Point Marina car park.

Work near Pandanus Drive is still continuing where a round-a-bout is being built near the new Bunnings store.

Work on the new roundabout at the Shute Harbour Road and Tropic Road intersection is expected to continue until at least December.

Speed limits and traffic conditions have been altered in these areas, with some double lanes reduced to single lanes.

Motorists should take careful notice of road work signs.

Council has recently completed an upgrade to Coral Esplanade in Cannonvale which has increased the safety for students and parents of the Cannonvale Sate School.

The works improved the Cannonvale State School bus zone entry, road reconstruction, kerb and channel and asphalt surfacing, a tidy up of drains and line marking.

Mayor Brunker said the works would go along way towards providing safer and more accessible parking areas and drop off points for the parents and children of the Cannonvale State School.

“These works have a real focus on safety for the school children and parents can rest assured that the area has increased convenience and caters for the influx of traffic in the mornings and afternoons,” he said.

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