Moreton Bay Regional Council will invest more than $1.35million in road upgrades at the intersection of Jinker Track and Bunya Road following the appointment of a successful tenderer at the recent Council Coordination Committee Meeting (14 December).
Councillor for Division 10, Matt Constance welcomed the decision to appoint Alder Constructions Pty Ltd to the job, with the project starting in the New Year.
“This is a significant project that will see the intersection signalised, pavement and drainage improvements, new footpath, line markings, road signs, landscaping and green infrastructure including fauna exclusion fencing and a fauna bridge to ensure the safe movement of wildlife at the intersection,” Cr Constance said.
“Once complete, the project will not only improve road safety but it will also make it easier for visitors and locals to access sporting fields at James Drysdale Reserve, the Arana Hills SES depot, the nearby waste facility and the stunning Bunyaville Conservation Park, which attracts many visitors each year.
“Making sure we have improved safety for pedestrians and motorists has been one of my top priorities and it’s exciting to see this project come to fruition.
“As part of the project, about 135 metres of fencing will be installed along Bunya Road, at the interface of Bunyaville Conservation Park, to protect native birds, koalas, echidnas, wallabies and possums, with a fauna overbridge to allow safe passage of tree dwelling fauna travelling between green corridors either side of The Jinker Track.
Pine Hills Baseball Club president Simon Tame welcomed the project and said it would promote road safety.
“This is a great road safety project and we are really excited to see the upgrade get underway,” Mr Tame said.
“We have over 250 members at our club, so this project will also help to improve access to the sporting fields and ensure motorists slow down.”
Works are expected to commence in the New Year and take approximately 15 weeks to complete, weather permitting.
Councillor Constance said council would aim to ensure this important work was undertaken with as little impact to the community and road users as possible.
“The contractor will provide variable messages signs consistent before and throughout the duration of the project and will also advise the community and business of any impacts ahead of time,” he said.
“We apologise for any temporary inconvenience this work may cause to road users, but look forward to delivering this significant road safety project for residents in the New Year.”