A new pathway connecting pedestrians and cyclists from Bundaberg South to the CBD will be finished construction by the end of next week.
The Bundaberg Regional Council project, which began in February, features wider paths and on-road cycling areas on Walla Street, creating a safer route for those on foot or bike.
Divisional representative Tracey McPhee said the new pathway would stretch 1.2km overall, starting from Bundaberg South State School at George Street, along Walla Street and connecting to the existing pathway in Park Street that feeds into the CBD.
“Once complete this pathway will be a fantastic addition to the area, encompassing Council's vision to create a high-quality, well-connected pathway network for all users while giving residents new ways to travel and explore our beautiful region,” she said.
“Walla Street in particular is a very busy traffic area, so to have a better access for people to get around on foot or bike means more people travelling to and from our CBD, which is a win for businesses and community members alike.
“The new pathway also provides a safer space for exercising and creating a healthy lifestyle within our region.”
Council's Senior Construction Supervisor Russell Hood said the pathway would provide a multi-modal corridor accommodating vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
“The cyclists will have room to ride on the road but will have their own space,” he said.
“A 2.5m wide shared off-road facility on the eastern side of Walla Street will also be provided for pedestrians and less experienced cyclists.
“From here, the road includes a medium strip with a pedestrian refuge island for pedestrians tpo allow for a staged crossing of busy Walla Street.”
The project began in mid-February and is expected to be complete by next week.
The work is part of a larger cycle network identified by the Department of Main Roads in their Principle Cycle Network Plan with funding made available through the Cycle Network Local Government Grants program.
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