Rockhampton budget increased focus on roadworks in next year
ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council's proposed 2014-15 budget has an increased focus on our road networks with just over $10m allocated for maintenance over the next 12 months.
Infrastructure Committee chair, Deputy Mayor, councillor Tony Williams said the roads maintenance budget had increased to $10.1m in 2014-15, an additional $1.46m compared to the 2013-14 maintenance budget of $8.64m.
"Upgrading and maintaining our roads is absolutely vital to our local community and assists with keeping our city moving," Cr Williams said.
"The increase found in the 2014-15 budget will allow council to undertake much needed maintenance to both our rural and urban road networks, including a change to the way in which our crews maintain sealed roads in the urban area.
"The change will see asphalt seals being replaced with slurry seals to extend the length of life of the seal on these urban roads.
"In the new budget we will spend $3.3m using this technique on over 20km of urban roads, which will contribute to a further 100km over the next five years" he said.
The State Government has committed nearly $1.5 million dollars to fix 10 black spots on major roads in Rockhampton, including the troublesome Fitzroy/Bolsover Streets intersection featured in the timelapse video below.
During 2013-14, Rockhampton Regional Council undertook some large scale programs including reconstruction of parts of Norman Road, Berserker Street, Archer Street, and Talford Street, construction of Somerset Road for the Gracemere Industrial Area (GIA), and a bridge replacement at Stanwell/Waroula Road.
Other highlights for 2013-14 include the $1.35m asphalt reseal program and $750,000 gravel road re-sheeting program.
Cr Williams said priority maintenance programs in the 2014-15 budget included $1.91m for the renewal of unsealed gravel roads and $5m for the resealing program.
"Under the new budget council will also reconstruct parts of Oakley Street, Glenmore Road, Thompson Street and North Street, construct Foster Street and Middle Road as part of GIA, and replace the bridge at Rosewood Road.
"The region will see some great works happening over the next 12 months and motorists should be impressed with the increased focus on the maintenance of our urban and rural road networks.
Visit www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au to view the proposed 2014-15 budget.