Huge $3.5 million project a game-changer for community
A BUSY road will soon be made more pedestrian-friendly with the construction of a shared bike and pedestrian pathway.
The new $3.4 million pathway will link Mackay Harbour to the city centre, with an extra 2.6 kilometres of shared path and boardwalk to be built from Vines Creek Bridge to Ron Searle Drive.
The pathway will include four crossings and is expected to be finished by March 2020, with construction to begin in mid-September.
Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said the project would provide a continuous pathway from Mackay Harbour into the city centre, connecting to the existing Bluewater Trail.
"Crossover points will also be provided to ensure users can safely connect to the other side of Harbour Road," Cr Williamson said.
"The path will consist of concrete and elevated composite fibre boardwalks in areas where mangrove habitats need to be protected."
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the Palaszczuk Government was proud to contribute $2.5 million towards the jointly-funded project.
"Projects like this encourage more people to ride their bike and deliver $5 in economic return for the region for every dollar invested," Mrs Gilbert said.
Reduced speeds and traffic management will be in place during the works.