Project to make pathway crossings safer

pedestrian refuge pathway
Pedestrian refuges will be installed at a number of intersections under a recently released pathway tender.

The second stage of an extensive pathway program is progressing with plans to install pedestrian refuges at five intersections.

A tender for the intersection work was released last week and is required to facilitate a number of pathway projects announced last month.

Bundaberg Regional Council roads and drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said the project would make using the region’s extensive pathway network safer.

“Upgrades to these sites will help provide connectivity and safe passage along the sections of pathway planned for construction this financial year,” Cr Trevor said.

“The work will include the installation of pedestrian refuges and associated works to ensure that accessibility requirements are met.

“The ability to undertake a two-stage road crossing at these locations will make it safer and more comfortable for our most vulnerable residents to use our pathway network.”

“By providing this type of infrastructure in conjunction with the complementary pathway construction, we hope to make using our extensive pathway network more enjoyable and encourage people to get active and engage with the community around them.”

Cr Trevor said these projects were part of Council’s overarching pathway strategy to improve connectivity between the South Bundaberg area and the CBD.

Pedestrian refuges will connect to pathways at the intersection of:

  • Totten Street and Kepnock Road, Kepnock
  • Elliott Heads and Kepnock Roads, Kepnock
  • Moncrieff and Boundary Streets, South Bundaberg
  • De Gunst and Boundary Streets, South Bundaberg
  • Bells and Elliott Heads Roads, Avenell Heights

The commencement date for the work is dependent on the engagement of the successful contractor however is expected to be underway prior to the end of the year.

Both components of the project located on Kepnock Road, near Kepnock State High School, are proposed to be scheduled during the December school holidays to limit any impacts on school traffic.