It might be the school holidays but work is forging ahead at Bundaberg State High School as Council progresses a Safe School Travel (SafeST) pathway project.
Two paths will be constructed on Maryborough Street by local contractor Christensen Industries starting at Walker Street and the school gate south of Boreham Street respectively; and these will connect to the existing school pathway.
Roads and drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said the project would help students get to and from school safely.
“We’re formalising the students' current path of travel on the nature strip along Maryborough Street in front of the school to ensure students enjoy a safe journey when walking or riding to school,” Cr Trevor said.
“The two pathways, which together measure about 230 metres, will link the southern and northern approaches to the school entry points.
“These pathway works will further compliment works recently undertaken where the existing bike path on Maryborough Street was reconfigured to an on road cycleway facility.”
Cr Trevor said work began today and it was hoped that it would be completed before school resumes after the holiday break.
“We have timed this construction project to ensure minimal disturbance, particularly for the school,” he said.
“Weather permitting we are aiming to see the major components of the work finalised in time for term three.”
Other similar projects will be undertaken through this funding program later this financial year with safety improvement works planned for Oakwood State School and Norville State School.
The SafeST program is a partnership between Bundaberg Regional Council and the Queensland Government.