In addition to the reseal of Byrnes Street in Mareeba being carried out by Transport and Main Roads, Council will commence critical infrastructure works to replace the CBD’s water main.
Work is scheduled to begin on the Byrnes Street water main upgrade on Monday 6 August 2018 and will be completed by the end of the year.
Mayor Tom Gilmore said the upgrade would allow for business growth to meet the increasing demand for goods and services in Mareeba. “The existing pipeline has been in place for many years, and it is imperative that it be replaced as not only is it struggling to meet current demand, but due to the fact it is reaching the end of its life and may fracture which would cause serious property damage and disruption to businesses in Mareeba’s main street,” he said.
The pipeline which will be replaced, runs under the footpath of the north-bound lane of Byrnes Street, from Rankin to Lloyd Streets. Contractors will carry out the work in stages to keep disruption to a minimum, starting with preliminary works on Rankin Street, before progressing north along Byrnes Street.
“There will be disruptions to traffic flow which cannot be avoided,” Cr Gilmore said.
“As the contractors move along the street, some carparks will be closed and temporary detours will be in place. Motorists are strongly encouraged to slow down, drive to the changed traffic conditions and follow advice from traffic controllers.
“Council has liaised with business owners regarding the scope of works and are asking motorists, and pedestrians to be patient while these critical works are carried out.”
The $2.5 million Mareeba CBD Water Trunk Main Upgrade is a joint initiative of Mareeba Shire Council and the Queensland Government.
Project updates will be posted on Council’s website.