Glenella road works on track

Council and Magpies Sporting Club have been working in partnership to help reduce disruption to traffic during the Glenella Road upgrade project.

Mayor Greg Williamson said maintaining accessibility to the region’s sporting facilities was a key consideration in the planning stage of this project.

“We worked collaboratively with Magpies and decided that constructing an access track on the western side of Glenella Road would be the best way to reduce the impact on motorists during the work,” he said.

“The detour will ensure there is minimal impact to traffic flow by allowing them to bypass the construction.”

Magpies Sporting Club general manager Lee Skerman said the club was happy to grant council use of a parcel of land next to Glenella Road, in agreement with another landholder, to build the bypass.

“As a business that is directly affected by these works we are happy to support council with this project,” he said.

“We also understand that as a community leader we have a responsibility to Glenella residents and the wider community to give back where we can.

“Given we are currently in the middle of AFL, soccer and rugby league sporting seasons, it is important that residents have access to these sports fields.

“The agreement is a win-win for the community, local sporting clubs, Glenella State School and Magpies Sporting Club as it means there will be very little disruption to motorists’ travel routines and it will reduce accessibility issues.”

Without the assistance of Magpies and the landholder in providing land for the temporary bypass, there would have been major traffic disruptions on Glenella Road, including a possible full closure for an extended period.

This project will involve the installation of off-road bike paths to improve safety in this major sporting area.  

Council will also upgrade the street lights and resurface the road to make it more flood resistant.

Work is under way an expected to take two months to complete, weather permitting.

Motorists are asked to obey all signposting and the instructions of on-site traffic controllers during the work.

This project is a joint-funded initiative between the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Program, Mackay Regional Council and Magpies Sporting Club.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 12 Jul 2017