A pedestrian refuge and pathway is under construction along FE Walker Street in Kepnock from this week, providing a safer route for students travelling to and from school.
According to Bundaberg Regional Council Roads and Drainage Portfolio Spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor, the work was implemented due to safety concerns surrounding the high pedestrian movement of Kepnock State High School students.
“Currently students heading to and from the residential areas north of FE Walker, east of Novakoski Street, utilise the pedestrian traffic signals to safely cross FE Walker Street,” he said.
“While students from the north west cross FE Walker Street at whichever street suits their journey.”
Cr Trevor said construction to a pathway on the northern side of the street, along with the new pedestrian refuge, would encourage students to utilise the new, safer route.
“The pathway will provide a safer option to those on foot and eliminate the need to cross the busy stretch of road at other random, various points within the area,” he said.
“This would also provide a similar outcome for those residents trying to access the shop at Totten Street.”
Cr Trevor said the project was part of Council’s overarching pathway strategy to improve connectivity, accessibility and safety through the Bundaberg Region.
He said as part of the work, one tree would be removed from the road reserve to allow for crews to safely continue with the work.
During construction, the road will be subject to traffic management measures and will have the appropriate signage to guide motorists through or around the site.
Bundaberg Regional Council is aware of the inconvenience construction work causes and thanks residents and road users in advance for their patience and co-operation.
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