Green light for major 2020 infrastructure projects

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More than $6M worth of work contracts have been given the green light

More than $6M worth of infrastructure projects will kick off in the New Year, after Council awarded three major work contracts at a Special Meeting yesterday.

The contracts include $1.2M to upgrade Black Mountain Road, $1.7M for a major Gympie Terrace stormwater pipe and road corridor upgrade and $2.6M to replace David Low Way’s Orealla Bridge.

Hall Contracting Pty Ltd will start work on the Gympie Terrace stormwater and road upgrades in February.

The project will boost the area’s flood immunity, while road corridor upgrades between Albert and Cloudsley Streets will boost safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

The project includes new on-road cycle lanes, part-funded by the State Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grant Program, which aims to get more people riding, more often.

“We’ve timed these important upgrades to begin in February after the busy holiday period,” Councillor Joe Jurisevic said.

“We have assessed the condition of our existing stormwater pits and pipes along Gympie Terrace and we’re getting in early to replace them before they start to fail.”

The Black Mountain Road upgrade will begin in late January, weather permitting, with Bellwether Pty Ltd undertaking the $1.2M works program in three parts over five months.

The upgrade of the 3.2km stretch – west from Stanfield Lane – includes road resealing, realignment and widening, new signage and drainage improvements.

Replacement of Orealla Bridge will begin in mid-2020 and take around four months to complete. Cr Jurisevic said years of salt spray had taken a toll on the old bridge.

“The project will bring it up to current design standards. In addition to two traffic lanes, the new bridge will have on-road cycle lanes, increased load capacity and a separated off-road shared pathway,” Cr Jurisevic said.

Council has awarded SGQ Pty Ltd a $2.6M contract to design and build the replacement bridge, which is a joint initiative of Noosa Council and the Federal Government through its Bridge Renewal Program.

Council also awarded Pipe Management Australia a contract for shire-wide stormwater infrastructure CCTV inspections.