April 7, 2021
A plan to upgrade a 2km section of Kingaroy’s Youngman Street was approved at the South Burnett Regional Council’s Infrastructure standing committee meeting on Wednesday.
Council officers said the aim of the $800,000 project was to provide an entry to Kingaroy that reflected the town’s character, reduced future maintenance costs and blended with the nearby Kingaroy Transformation Project (KPT).
The upgrade will cover a section of the Bunya Highway stretching from the River Road roundabout to the town’s northern entrance near the Kingaroy Hotel-Motel.
The roundabout will house a garden which will be fenced from the highway with stone walls that match existing stone walls on the Rogers Drive roundabout.
It will also be surrounded with a low profile, dark coloured concrete area that will disguise tyre scuff marks if turning trucks overshoot the road while passing through.
Further north, existing median strips will be resurfaced with concrete and painted in either a single colour or two colours, depending on their width, to match colours that will be used in the KPT project.
Narrow median strips – usually those with turning lanes, or those surrounding busy intersections – will remain bare, while wider strips such as those that pass the Kingaroy Showgrounds will be planted with trees.
In response to questions, councillors were told the northern section could be extended in future when Council builds a proposed car park in King Street, a highway crossing for the South Burnett Rail Trail, and work on the new Kingaroy Hospital is complete.
At present, however, officers said there were “too many unknowns” to plan for these things.
Councillors were also told that because the area of work is a State-controlled road, work cannot start until approval has been obtained from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR).
But if DTMR consents to the project, work could start later this year.