A brand new 1.3km cycleway and walkway is taking shape on Beach Rd connecting the outer areas of Ayr with the Burdekin Be Active Trail.
Burdekin Shire Council crews are currently working to deliver the project with support of Queensland Government grants.
Cyclists in the Burdekin have rallied behind the initiative with more than 100 residents signing a petition requesting an extension of the cycleway along Beach Road prior to works starting.
To date, Council crews have laid the first 500m of the path, which, once completed, will extend from Brice Dental Surgery to Basilio Court.
The project, which is jointly funded through the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program and by Council, includes the construction of three aluminium pedestrian bridges by local business Palmco Engineering.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the new Beach Road cycleway would connect to the Be Active Trail which provides 10km of cycle/walking trails throughout Ayr, linking schools, community services, local parks, and sport and recreation facilities.
On the recommendation of the Burdekin Be Active Advisory Committee, Council established the Burdekin Be Active Trail to promote health and wellbeing for Burdekin residents.
“Burdekin Shire Council is proud to be encouraging an active and healthy community by establishing an extensive network of off-road and on-road facilities for pedestrians and cyclists across the urban area,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“This new shared cycleway and walkway will add to that network and increase the safety of our walkers and cyclists on busy Beach Road.”
The cycleway and walkway is being delivered in conjunction with other Council works to provide safe access to Burdekin Football Juniors carpark on Beach Road, thanks to joint funding through the Queensland Government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS).
A number of footpaths have also been updated across the Shire this financial year.
Forty metres of footpath and bike lane at the corner of Fourteenth Avenue and Fourteenth Street in Home Hill reopened earlier this month after improvement works.
The pathway will now provide a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling to nearby schools and businesses.
Other footpath works this financial year include:
- Reconstruction of a 40m section of footpath outside Watson’s Green, Home Hill.
- The construction of new footpaths around the John Drysdale Memorial at the Diorama, on the southern approach of the Burdekin Bridge.