Pedestrians and cyclists using Gympie Terrace – between Albert and Cloudsley Streets – can now enjoy an even safer journey, with the completion of a $2M works project.
The project has delivered new on-road cycle lanes, improved pedestrian crossings and a smooth new road surface.
“It’s great news for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, but a lot of the major work has actually been delivered below the road,” Mayor Clare Stewart said.
“We’ve installed new stormwater pipes and culverts to replace the ageing infrastructure underneath Gympie Terrace near Robert Street, The Cockleshell, Thomas Street, Albert Street and Ely Park.”
Noosa Council jointly funded the pedestrian access improvements and cycle lanes with the State Government, through its Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.
“We welcome the Queensland Government’s support of our efforts to improve safety for those using our local road network,” the Mayor said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it was a fantastic project that would deliver safer facilities for bike riders and the community.
“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in bike-riding infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queenslanders with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion and lower transport costs,” Mr Bailey said.
“That’s why we’re investing more than $15.5 million between 2019-20 and 2020-21 to support local governments to deliver new high-priority bike networks.
“I’m pleased to see councils like Noosa Shire Council joining our commitment to delivering safer facilities for people riding bikes.”
Council’s Infrastructure Director, Carl Billingham, said the work, which began in February, was completed well ahead of schedule.
“Council and our contractors have made the most of night works for critical activities and the quieter roads during the COVID-19 restrictions to fast-track the project,” he said.
“We’ve appreciated residents’ and motorists’ patience while construction has been under way,” Mr Billingham said.