Ernest Street section undergoing road rehabilitation

Ernest Street, Innisfail is undergoing extensive road repairs to replace the section of road between the Bruce Highway and Grace Street.

Division One Councillor Barry Barnes, who holds the portfolio for Asset Sustainability, said that community feedback had voiced concern for the area and these upgrades will address these concerns by increasing the surface quality and preventing the need for reoccurring quick fixes.

“Ernest Street services a high intake of commuters from the Bruce Highway and Coles’ car park and the travelling public can be assured of the improved quality of road conditions, once the work is completed.”

“The road rehabilitation will involve removing the worn surface and excavating the existing road layers. New road material will then be installed before construction of a new asphalt surface and finalised by the installation of new line markings.”

“These upgrades will also include the replacement of the existing street kerb and gutter.”

“I have been advised there is an updated completion date of 17 September, to allow for

additional works, which are required and also taking into consideration weather delays,” said

Councillor Barnes.

The entire section of Ernest Street will be closed to public vehicles for the duration of works, however surrounding businesses will still be trading as usual. Parking is available nearby for these businesses. Traffic control will be onsite to ensure the safe traffic management of truck deliveries entering and exiting out of the Coles car park.

This $350,000 project is funded under Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s Capital Work Budget.

The Cassowary Coast Regional Council would like to thank the community for their patience whilst these upgrades are undertaken.

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