Thursday, September 14, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
A large section of the boardwalk that runs between Airlie Beach and Cannonvale is now closed for approximately 13 weeks while upgrades are undertaken.
The works will result in a closure of the boardwalk between the VMR Boat Ramp and Shingley Drive and the route will be unpassable until early December.
Council hopes that, weather permitting, the upgrades will be completed just in time for the Christmas holiday period.
A detour has been constructed behind Mirage Whitsundays Apartments, via Altmann Avenue and Shingley Drive, the temporary pathway offers a short cut for pedestrians, scooters, and bikes.
The upgrades will expand the width of the boardwalk by approximately one metre, increasing capacity for users and helping to mitigate conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists/scooters.
The timber boardwalk will be replaced with a composite fibre material, that is more durable and less costly to maintain.
The footings will be retained, and the hardwood timber will be extracted and used for future projects.
A section of the Airlie Beach Boardwalk will be closed until Christmas. Photo credit: Rachael Smith