Kingaroy road's fate finally sealed
KINGAROY residents near Logan St will soon be driving along a sealed road after works were approved by the council.
South Burnett Regional Council made the decision to overlay and seal Logan St during their meeting on Wednesday, October 10.
Councillor Danita Potter said the road was not unknown to the council, as the gallery were divided with shouts of joy and asking why it took so long for this decision.
"For me, I feel like we just won,” she said.
Logan St is an unsealed road forming the southern boundary of an urban residential area, of which sealing has previously been sought by the infrastructure department.
Mayor Keith Campbell said the road had previously been listed for the council's recommendation for this decision.
Adjacent urban developments have resulted in an increased use of the road by a high number of light vehicles, with up to 172 vehicles per day counted during June 2016.
With six per cent of these heavy vehicles, the increased traffic conditions have created dusty conditions inappropriate for an urban environment.
One traffic crash occurred in May last year at the intersection between Logan St and First Ave, which resulted in a hospitalisation.
Council had received numerous complaints regarding the road, and because it was servicing an urban area, the road continues to result in continual high re-sheeting and high maintenance costs.
"Sealing Logan St would minimise the lifestyle costs for this road and reduce the impact on residents in an urban area,” Cr Campbell said.
The council will allocate funds for the construction of a 6m wide overlay and seal of Logan St between First Ave and Regent St.
The sealing of this 800m stretch will match the current pavement width of 6m, to minimise the cost of the project.
No drainage works are proposed apart from very minor reshaping of the table drain to ensure its invert is below subgrade level, to minimise water damage to the pavement.
The total estimated cost of the work is $167,516, including the two-coat seal.
Councillor Gavin Jones said the decision for Logan St was under special conditions.
"This is not setting a precedent because you have a dirt road on the edge of a town, it doesn't automatically meet the requirements to have sealed bitumen on a road,” he said.
Some South Burnett roads cost more to maintain, and with Logan St's continual problems it meets certain criteria to have it sealed with bitumen.
"This one will save us a lot of money going forward, because on that road we always have continual problems, with water and damage, and its reasonably high traffic,” Cr Jones said.