SCHEDULED: Major roadworks for the D'Aguilar Hway
MAJOR roadworks will be coming to the D'Aguilar Highway in Kilcoy to improve safety and traffic flow.
The road resurfacing and rehabilitation works are set to start this month.
The work along William St and Mary St will be delivered by the Somerset Regional Council in partnership with the Queensland Government's Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The project will also include improvements to the intersections at both ends of Mary St.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the work would reduce rat-running on residential streets while improving traffic flow and general safety.
"This project will reconfigure the Hope St intersection with a cul-de-sac to prevent traffic from accessing the D'Aguilar Highway at this location,” Cr Lehmann said.
"Similarly, improvements are proposed for the William St and Mary St intersection to give priority to motorists travelling along Mary St through the town centre.”
The works will incorporate new linemarking, new pedestrian facilities, lighting upgrades and changes to some carparks.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said more than 6000 motorists travelled through Kilcoy's main street everyday.
"Once these works are complete, motorists will be able to move freely through the town without having to stop and start at the intersections at either end,” Cr Lehmann said.
The council and TMR will engage with directly affected businesses and residents to provide details about rehabilitation work and the likely impacts during construction.
"Delivering the rehabilitation and intersection improvements together will reduce the impacts of construction and deliver benefits sooner,” Mr Bailey said.
Traffic controllers, reduced speed limits and variable message signs will be placed to ensure the safety of motorists and workers.
Priority access and entry through the work zone will be given to emergency vehicles.
Work is expected to be finished by mid-2020, weather and construction schedules permitting.