Tenders closed for stage 2 of $30m Panorama Dr project
TENDERS have now closed for stage two of the $30 million Panorama Dr project.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the project, which is being jointly funded by Livingstone council and the State Government, is a key strategic road network project that would unlock a range of opportunities for the region.
"When completed, Panorama Dr will provide an alternative access to the northern suburbs of Yeppoon and adjacent rural areas, facilitating future growth and providing connectivity to relieve traffic congestion," Cr Ludwig said.
"From a community safety perspective, the strategic link will be critical in providing alternate access and an evacuation route when major weather or disaster events close Farnborough Rd at the Bluff or restrict access into the Yeppoon CBD.
"Construction of this critical $15.5 million next stage will also create local jobs and generate much-needed economic activity."
Strategic infrastructure councillor Graham Scott said the council would now evaluate the tenders, with the contract expected to be awarded next month.
"This is likely to see full construction get under way by May this year, with the anticipated completion date some time in the second half of 2018," Cr Scott said.
"Stage one, which is currently well advanced, includes the construction of a new signalised intersection at Panorama Dr, Adelaide Park Rd and Limestone Creek Rd, with upgrade and improvements to the current Vaughans Rd intersection.
"The current stage of the project will see Panorama Dr formed from Adelaide Park Rd to Farnborough Rd to become the strategic link to the northern suburbs.
"Once that's completed, the final stage will include upgrading Limestone Creek Rd from Adelaide Park Rd to Neils Rd," Cr Scott said.
Expressions of interest for the $15 million Scenic Hwy reconstruction at Statue Bay have also gone out, following the completion of geotechnical investigations last month. Construction is expected to start by mid-year.