Utakarra Road renewal kicks off

Ozone Drive-In located on the south-east corner of Blencowe and Utakarra Roads. (Photo courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia)

Ozone Drive-In located on the south-east corner of Blencowe and Utakarra Roads. (Photo courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia)

A range of improvements planned for Rangeway, Utakarra and Karloo this financial year will kick off with resurfacing of part of Utakarra Road.

Works will start with the section between Wandoo Street and Blencowe Road followed by the section of road between Abraham Street and Davies Road at a later date.

City of greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said investing in urban renewals in the suburbs was long overdue.

“Rangeway, Utakarra and Karloo have roads that need fixing, especially Utakarra Road that used to be the Geraldton-Mount Magnet Highway until the Southern Transport Corridor opened in December 2009,” he said.

“This year we have budgeted more than $1.6 million for road works in these suburbs of which nearly $1 million will be used to resurface sections of Utakarra, Eastward and Horwood Roads, the main east-west thoroughfare through these localities.”

The area around the resurfacing works has seen a number of changes over the years.

“Long-time residents might recall the old Ozone Drive-In located on the south-east corner of Blencowe and Utakarra Roads that opened in September 1964,” Mayor Van Styn said.

“I’d be interested in knowing if anyone attended the last films shown there, The Eiger Sanction and A Howling in the Woods, before it closed on 2 July 1977.”

Resurfacing works are scheduled to begin on Monday 16 September 2019 and will take approximately one week to complete.