Council begins $10 million Collins Street-School of Arts Road works

Redland City Council has commenced major road construction works on School of Arts Road and Collins Street at Redland Bay.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said the work was part of Council’s commitment to improve road congestion and operation of the overall transport network for all users.

“This $10 million project will complete the road section between Queens Streets and Penzance Drive providing improved road safety, access and traffic flow for our growing community.

“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 (LGIP) designed to address city growth with funding from developer infrastructure contributions.

“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.

Division 5 Councillor, Mark Edwards said site establishment work has already begun at School of Arts Road and Collins Street Redland Bay.

“These major road works will commence in earnest in September 2018 beginning 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.

“The finished road work will include new pedestrian pathways and on-road cycling facilities linking to existing cyclist and pedestrian facilities.

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said two new pedestrian refuge islands will provide safe connection to Council’s recent investment in new community amenities on either side School of Arts Road and at Donald Road and Weinam Creek wetlands, that 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.

“The finished high-grade road surface has been designed to minimise traffic noise and reduce future maintenance with the whole project is expected to be completed by end of June 2020, construction and weather conditions permitting.”

Further Project details and information can be found on the Redland City Council website.