Leaders enjoy new cycle overpass
CYCLING tourism. Student safety. A healthy option.
The immediate benefits of the flash new pedestrian and bicycle overpass at Maryborough's Gayndah Road fell off the tongues of the officials and stakeholders who gathered yesterday afternoon for its official opening.
The $1.6 million bridge over the Bruce Highway will offer welcome relief to students at the Maryborough campus of TAFE and nearby Riverside Christian College.
It also links Maryborough's CBD with the city westside where a number of residential developments are set to boost the population there.
“We provide students with a safe passage to school and TAFE,” mayor Mick Kruger said.
“We encourage people to leave their cars at home and cut our carbon footprint.
“We also encourage people to walk or cycle in their spare time.”
Mr Kruger, a keen cyclist once upon a time, was excited about the cycling tourism possibilities offered by the new linkway.
He said another immediate impact of the project was the new footpath built by the Fraser Coast Regional Council to link the overpass with nearby schools and services.
With a further $872,00 allocated by the council to its footpath program, he indicated an extension of the pathway was likely.
The State Government picked up half the tab with the council and work was carried out by Civil Mining and Construction.
Regional director from the Department of Transport and Main Roads Doug Wass was warm in his praise for the workers who brought the job in on budget and on time.
“It certainly is a picture when driving underneath. There were minimal issues with traffic underneath as building went along,” he said.
“The project goes back to the Maryborough City Council days.
“It provides lasting benefits to the community. If we can get people to walk or ride, it will certainly help build a healthy community.”