Long road ahead for fix of Scenic Highway at Statue Bay

LIVINGSTONE Shire Council have their fingers and toes crossed for an announcement by the State and Federal government to be made this week in relation to the funding of the Scenic Hwy upgrade.

On Tuesday night 75 people attended a meeting at Yeppoon Town Hall to discuss the different options for the highway that had been submitted by council.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said he expected the announcement to be made later this week.

"We're unaware of which option they are going to fund but we're pretty confident we'll know sooner rather than later," Cr Ludwig said.

"We had a great turnout on Tuesday night and the main issue that was raised was how long the construction phase was going to take which we will be able to indicate once a design is chosen.

"One of the criteria will be for the successful tenderer to estimate how much it will cost them to do the work and how quickly they can do it with minimum disruption to the local community.

"The total cost is around $18million so this is a project that we couldn't do without the support of the Federal Government. There will be inconvenience but on a positive note we'll have a long-term fix."

Cr Ludwig said the Statue Bay area had received a lot of damage as a result of Cyclone Marcia and that it would be a work in progress.

"The issue is there's been a lot of damage but the major issue for us is that it's not just the landslip, the seawall was also compromised and that's going to require a lot of work to get that done," Cr Ludwig said.

"People were very pleased that council has been proactive in looking for a long-term solution and outcome. Residents of the area have asked if we could put some traffic devices in place to limit the speed in that area and they have requested the need for an additional bus stop.

"Bottom line is it's now a matter of waiting for the government to give us the final sign-off."



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