WORK has started on a $10 million road upgrade on Collins Street and School of Arts Road at Redland Bay.
Cr Mark Edwards said the works would begin in September with the realignment of utility services.
“The project will include substantial drainage and utility infrastructure work, including work at the Weinam Creek crossing on School of Arts Road to address the regular flooding of the roadway,” Cr Edwards said.
“The finished road work will include new pedestrian pathways and on-road cycling facilities linking to existing cyclist and pedestrian facilities.”
Cr Julie Talty said two new pedestrian refuge islands would provide safe connection to the community amenities on either side of School of Arts Road and at Donald Road and Weinam Creek wetlands.
These include a new skate park, dog off-leash area, basketball courts, pathways and playground facilities.
“While the widening and shoulder work will require the removal of some previously planted roadside shrubs and trees, importantly, the new road has been specially designed and re-routed to avoid the sharp turn into School of Arts Road and protect the iconic ficus trees that are a much-loved and well-recognised landmark in the area,” Cr Talty said.
“The finished high-grade road surface has been designed to minimise traffic noise and reduce future maintenance with the whole project expected to be completed by end of June 2020, construction and weather conditions permitting.”
Mayor Karen Williams said the $10 million project would complete the road between Queens Street and Penzance Drive.
“This substantial ratepayer investment in a council-controlled local road is part of the road infrastructure priorities identified in council’s Local Government Infrastructure Plan designed to address city growth with funding from developer infrastructure contributions,” Cr Williams said.
“In October, the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy will also be inviting the community to tell us what transport infrastructure issues and funding priorities they want identified in future transport advocacy to responsible levels of state and federal government.”