Drainage study pulls the plug

PLANNED roadworks along the severely flood damaged section of Fitzroy St have been watered down, pending further assessment of a drainage study.

An eastern section of the road, near Steele's Bakery, was sent to undergo reconstructive work after it was deemed to have reached the end of its life following two rounds of flooding.

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said plans had now been adjusted.

"The scope of works has been reduced until such time as council can give further consideration to a recent study into storm water drainage in the area," the spokeswoman said.

Preparatory work got underway yesterday, with a 105m long section of failed road set to be replaced next month.

"We realise it is crucial for local businesses like the bakery that there is available access and we will be ensuring the access is available, however we are advising anyone without direct residential or business concerns in that street to take another route during the works."

Fitzroy St resident Glenn Day said the road was in need of an upgrade.

"Between Canning St and Fitzroy St is really rough. I drive there every day and you go 'bounce, bounce, bounce' all the way down," he said.

Fitzroy St business owner Helen Harm said there was no gain without pain and said the works had to be done, despite the disruptions it would cause to the street.

"They have to fix the road, it is in an abysmal state -it was bad before the floods but now it's even worse," she said.

Work is set to begin on January 3 and expected to take three weeks to complete.

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