Moranbah’s Mills Avenue is set to undergo a phased remediation to improve road conditions for motorists in the coming weeks. The renewal works follow pipelaying along the route in 2018.
Phase one will see works on traffic lanes in both directions from Goonyella Road to Griffin Street, while phase two will complete the lane works from Griffin Street to Clements Street.
Mayor Anne Baker assured the community that the planned works were not part of any traffic management changes.
“These works are about improving the quality of the road surface and I want to reiterate to the community there has been no decision made to change the configuration of Mills Avenue to one lane,” she said.
“What has occurred to date is that Council engaged a qualified consultant to conduct a road infrastructure safety audit across the townships of Moranbah, Dysart and Clermont.
“The audit identified a number of areas for improvement, including; provisions for safer school zones; improved community and pedestrian access, safer intersection treatments and cyclist safety.
“Council officers provided Council with an overview of some of the recommendations proposed by the Safety Audit Report and are continuing to assess and analyse the applicability and merit of the proposals.”
Deputy Mayor and Division 5 representative Cr Kelly Vea Vea said Council would be undertaking extensive community engagement prior to any potential implementation of recommended traffic management solutions on Mills Avenue.
“There will be community consultation over several events on the proposed outcomes of the road safety audit and we are absolutely committed to listening to the community, she said.
“We expect this program of consultation will occur next year.”
Division 4 representative Cr Simon West said phase one and two of the roadworks would improve the quality of the road conditions and wearing course and formed part of the Council’s planned infrastructure renewal program.
“Mills Avenue is the primary traffic corridor through Moranbah and we are committed to providing safe roads for our residents. The planned renewal works will improve the condition of Mills Avenue,” Cr West said.
Division 3 representative Cr Gina Lacey said the Mills Avenue roadworks would take place from mid-June to mid-August.
“Keep your eyes out on directional signage while the works are underway and take special care during peak traffic times,” Cr Lacey said.
“Council is working to ensure our communities remain connected through an effective local road network, which meets the needs of our current and future population.”