Overpass works delayed

ROADSIDE BEAUTY: Artist's impression of completed Chinchilla overpass works.
ROADSIDE BEAUTY: Artist's impression of completed Chinchilla overpass works. Contributed.

THE Chinchilla overpass upgrades and beautification works are ready to get started ... once the rain clears up.

The works were going to start this week until the consistent wet weather made it too difficult to begin.

The project received $300,000 of funding under the state government's Works for Queensland program and, when complete, will remove up to 90% of regular maintenance requirements on the overpass.

Council spokesperson for Works and Technical Services councillor Greg Olm said the overpass is in real need of an upgrade.

"Council's Works and Parks and Open Spaces crews do a great job of maintaining the overpass, however in its current condition it's both unsafe and difficult for our staff to look after,” Cr Olm said.

"By making this vital road link safer for all users, we're ensuring that our community, business and industry remain well connected for many years to come.”

The works will also include significant beautification to help create a welcoming streetscape thoroughfare to the CBD and will complement the town entrance upgrade.

Council spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces, and Cemeteries councillor Carolyn Tillman said the revamp will build on strong tourism and economic diversity in the region.

"Revamping the look and feel of the Chinchilla overpass through beautification and landscaping works will add to making our communities more vibrant and welcoming,” Cr Tillman said.

"Many residents and visitors to our region regularly use the overpass to access the CBD,with the Chinchilla Melon Festival being one of the busiest times of year.”

"This project will help reinvigorate Chinchilla's thoroughfare into the CBD and work in with Council's plans to beautify Chinchilla's town entrance, boosting town and community pride.”

Western Downs mayor Paul McVeigh said the works will tie in with the highway development.

"At the moment it doesn't look too attractive,” Cr McVeigh said.

"It's about enhancing the look and liveability of our community.

"Improving the welcoming look of our communities.”

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