Work on the $3 million Hilton Tce upgrade is progressing well.
Work on the $3 million Hilton Tce upgrade is progressing well.

Council’s driving hard for crucial roundabout build

NOOSA’S $3 million Hilton Tce road build has had its staged progress revealed by a council determined to push on.

In fact the much-touted and long-awaited makeover of one of the shire’s most heavily used roads will finally sees a start on the new roundabout at the intersection of Ernest St.

To date more than 400 metres of new pathway, 800 metres of new kerb and channel and asphalt works have been completed between Doonella Bridge and Hilton Espl.

Council’s infrastructure services director Carl Billingham said the intersection improvements were a key feature of the upgrade project.

“The new roundabout will improve safety while helping to keep traffic flowing, even during peak times,” Mr Billingham said.

Project co-ordinator Cody Johnston said the roundabout would be completed in two stages to minimise the impact for the many motorists that use the intersection.

“Stage one, scheduled to start about Monday 22 June, will involve upgrading drainage and widening sections of the existing intersection to accommodate the new layout,” he said.

“The second stage will involve the excavation and construction of the roundabout.

“The intersection will start to operate like a roundabout during this phase, which will allow work to be undertaken without closing off any lanes to traffic completely,” Mr Johnston said.

“It will be particularly important for motorists to stick to reduced speed limits and follow signage about changes to the layout of the road given how close roadworkers will be to traffic.”

Mr Johnston said there was still some works required before the whole upgrade project was complete.

“Our contractors are working hard to have the job finished before August, despite wet weather and ground conditions. They’ve also been flexible with the staging of work to reduce the impact on the community,” he said.

“For example, they resurfaced Earl St earlier than planned to make the most of reduced traffic to Tait Duke Cottage during the COVID-19 restrictions.

“This will mean less impact on community groups as they return to the site now restrictions have eased.”

The finishing touches, such as beautification works, linemarking, and the last of the drainage upgrades, will be done after the roundabout and pavement works are complete.

“Connection of the shared path from Noosa Lakes Resort to Tait Duke Community Cottage will also be completed,” Mr Johnston said.

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