Stanley Street stormwater pipe repair almost complete

Date published: 4 November 2016

Work to repair a large hole underneath Stanley Street Project is almost complete.

The hole, caused by an old broken brick stormwater drain, was discovered late last week during excavation works for the CBD Utilities Upgrade.

New stormwater pipes have been laid with the road pavement being reconstructed today.

A single lane will be open to inbound traffic (downhill) on Monday as work on the utilities replacement project continues.

Scheduled works will continue on the outbound lane on Stanley Street up the hill towards Wills Street until the end of the month. A single lane of traffic outbound will be open in the week of Monday 14 November.

Road asphalting work is also scheduled to commence from 14 November in a number of streets in the CBD, which will result is further short term road closures and changes to traffic conditions in the approaches to and in the CBD.

Townsville City Council Water and Waste Committee Chairman Cr Paul Jacob said repairs to the hole and stormwater network had not impacted project delivery timeframes with crews expected to have completed this stage of the project before Christmas.

“We’re mindful of the need to be out of the area in time for the Christmas retail period,” Cr Jacob said.

“Traders in the CBD have been very patient and there is light at the end of tunnel for them. The CBD is open for business and we encourage the community to support local businesses.”

The $55 million CBD Utilities Upgrade will be carried out over a number of financial years to ease the upfront cost and in stages to minimise disruption.

The upgrade will improve the capacity and efficiency of basic services to residents and businesses and cater for an expected 30,000 people living and working in the CBD by 2030.