CBD footpath upgrade nearing completion

Date published: 17 April 2019

Townsville City Council crews and local contractors are putting the finishing touches to the Flinders Street West footpath upgrade.

The project – which supported 15 local jobs – includes new footpaths between Morris St and Blackwood St, 3 upgraded bus stops and kerb and channel works between the Morris St and Knapp St intersections.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said Council is continuing to invest in upgrading its infrastructure to support local jobs.

“This project is important in helping to revitalise an area of the CBD that is only going to get busier when the new North Queensland Stadium is completed next year,” Cr Hill said.

“Whether it’s building our city’s new water pipeline or upgrading a footpath, Council will continue to deliver on our commitments to the community.”

Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the Flinders Street West footpath upgrade showed the positive results that can be achieved when Council and local businesses work together.

“Council crews worked in collaboration with local subcontractors to get this job done and the result is fantastic – and it supported 15 local jobs,” Cr Molachino said.

“This project is part of Council’s nearly $400 million spend this financial year to deliver top-class infrastructure throughout the community and support jobs for locals.

“Council crews also worked with local businesses to minimise the disruption by implementing a flexible work schedule.”

Local Councillor Colleen Doyle thanked local businesses and motorists for their patience during this project.

“Local businesses have called for this footpath upgrade and Council has listened and delivered,” Cr Doyle said.

“The new footpath looks much better and has greatly improved safety and access.”

The project is expected to be completed on April 27.