Expect delays as roadworks get under way
LOCAL Central Highlands company Simon Contractors has been awarded the contract to raise New Street in Emerald.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Councillor Kerry Hayes said council has a strong desire to use regional resources on projects and is delighted another large project has been kept local.
"The total value of the work is $1.6million - Simon Contractors was awarded $850,000 for the road raising component," the mayor said.
"The Queensland Government committed $800,000 from its regional infrastructure fund and council provided $800,000.
"We were so keen to give the job to a local business that council made the decision to delay the project start to enable Simon Contractors to do the work rather than engage an out-of-town company for an immediate start."
The relocation of essential services that included: water lines, sewer rising mains, parks irrigation trunk transfer mains and the raising of Ergon's overhead power lines, has been underway over the last two months in preparation for the main road work.
The next phase of work will start at the end of July and expected to be completed by October.
The council has advised that New Street will be closed adjacent to the cricket ground during the construction.
Detour signage will direct traffic to alternate routes to and from Robert Street on to Opal Street, Rifle Range Road and Selma Road.
Schools in the vicinity have been consulted about the roadworks and council has recommended that everyone travelling in 'peak hour', particularly in the morning, plan for an extra few minutes' delay.
New Street residents will still have access to their homes and no disruption to their services is anticipated.