ONE episode in the long-running saga of the roadworks at Ebbw Vale has closed, but it still has a long way to go until it concludes.
The work at the intersection of Brisbane and Whitwood Rds was meant to be done within a few months, but last month the project marked its first birthday.
Walker Corporation is responsible for the work, which is part of a new access to its Citiswich Business Park and the Warrego Highway.
Cr Trevor Nardi, whose division covers the area, said it was the longest road project he had seen in his 13 years as a councillor.
He said the work was scheduled to begin last February. That was put off till March, and the finishing date kept stretching on.
But yesterday, the works did progress, with left lane in and left lane out access to the intersection.
A Walker Corporation spokeswoman confirmed yesterday the left lane in, left lane out works were complete, and that portion of the intersection was now open.
“Walker is continuing to work closely with Queensland Urban Utilities to progress the works to ensure the new intersection is open as quickly as possible,” the spokeswoman said.
“Walker thanks residents and business in the area for their continued patience with these important works.”
Studio 90210 hair salon owner Kylie Richer said she hoped the works were good for residents but it made little difference to her.
“People coming from town can't turn in and people coming from Brisbane can't turn in either,” Ms Richer said. “I'm glad because it's nearly finished though. I'm hoping when it's finished it will be a lot better.”
A resident said the roadworks overnight Thursday kept him and his family up all night.
“I got home from work about 7.30pm and they were still going at 4.30 this morning,” he said yesterday. It's good that they're getting the work done I suppose. We haven't had access to the street for 12 months now.”
Cr Nardi said the completed section of the roadworks was good news, but there were still problems ahead.
“It's been a long time coming and Walkers has done a good job to get it done this far,” Cr Nardi said. “There are still problems but it will be tremendous to see the traffic lights working and total access to the intersection.”