WATCH: Progress update on key link to make commuting safer for pedestrians and cyclists

A NEW walk-cycleway through a busy section of Urraween will help provide a safe and efficient way for residents to commute through Hervey Bay.

An aerial view of the new walk-cycleway being constructed along Urraween Road in Hervey Bay.
PHOTO: Screenshot / Facebook: Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour made the comment while providing an update on the construction of a nearly kilometre-long walk-cycleway through Urraween.

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The project provides a missing link to the walk-cycleway from the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road traffic lights near the Augustus Estate towards the medical precinct.

The 840m walk-cycleway will be beneficial to students and residents commuting to local schools, hospitals and doctors’ rooms and the TAFE campus.

A pedestrian bridge will be built to allow for an easy crossing of a drainage canal diagonally opposite Cooks Road.

“Providing safe and efficient infrastructure that allows people to get across our community and encourages people to do it in an active way, be it by walking, scooters or bicycling, is a real priority for the Fraser Coast Regional Council,” Cr Seymour said.

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“We want to ensure our people are active and getting across our community.”

Cr Seymour said there have been numerous requests from parents of students at the local schools as well as residents accessing the medical precinct for the missing link in the walk-cycleway to be completed.

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The project was identified in Council’s Active Travel Strategy and is being jointly funded by Council and the Queensland Government through a grant under the Cycle Network Local Government Grants Scheme.

The walk-cycleway is just one of the projects meant to improve the safety and efficiency of transport routes through the busy area.

Last month, Council called for tenders to build the Urraween to Boundary Road extension.

Council says the extension is meant to reduce traffic congestion on other key routes through Hervey Bay, while also providing for the city’s growing population.

You can watch an animated flyover of the Urraween to Boundary Road extension below:

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