Tweed Shire Council has responded to the concerns of Kennedy Drive residents.
Tweed Shire Council has responded to the concerns of Kennedy Drive residents. John Gass

Kennedy Dr works near end

TWEED Shire Council said staff worked into the evening on Wednesday to prevent any future delays to the Kennedy Drive upgrade and minimise the impact on local residents.

An electrical problem at a contractor's plant in Burleigh had threatened to delay the project for a third time but material was sourced from Yatala to complete the day's work.

Increased distance meant increased travel times to bring in the 600 tons of material required and workers were on site until late evening to ensure the project was completed as quickly as possible.

Tweed Shire Council's project manager for the upgrade Bob Hanby said his sympathies were with residents who had already been inconvenienced by two weather-related delays.

"We worked closely with the contractor, Fulton Hogan, to ensure the work was complete," Mr Hanby said.

There is now resurfacing work to be done.

"This means this phase of the project on the north side of the street should be finished by Saturday," Mr Hanby said.

"The remaining work will have limited impact on residents who will have full access to their properties by motor vehicle and will not be restricted from keeping their vehicles on their property overnight."

Driver, Jerry Hartley travels on Kennedy Drive each day.

He said progress on the roadwork had seemed "very slow."

"But I can fully understand the delays and the frustration for the council in trying to finish the job as quickly as possible," he said.

"The road surface on Kennedy Drive has always been so terrible.

"It's great to see the council fixing it.

"It will all be a good in the long run, I'm sure."



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