Bayswater Road upgrade to enhance safety

Date published: 14 April 2021

Townsville City Council is widening and resurfacing a section of Bayswater Road in Mount Louisa to help make the road safer for motorists and other road users.

The works are funded by the Queensland Government’s Works 4 Queensland Round 3 (W4Q3) program.

Council Infrastructure Services Committee chairperson and local councillor Kurt Rehbein said the work would help extend the life of the road.

“Bayswater Rd is one of our city’s main thoroughfares, which is why it’s important that it is well maintained,” Cr Rehbein said.

“These upgrades will happen between the intersection with Mount Louisa Drive and 572 Bayswater Rd.

“The works that Council crews are about to undertake will go a long way to extending the life of the road, which is great news for nearby residents and businesses.”

Cr Rehbein said safety was also in the spotlight with these upgrades.

“Crews will be resurfacing and widening the road, which will help make it safer for motorists travelling along Bayswater Rd,” he said.

“I know safety is at the forefront of my mind when I’m driving, and I’m sure that most people would agree, which is why Council is taking steps to increase safety for all motorists travelling along this busy street.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the Works 4 Queensland program had already poured almost $84 million into Townsville’s economy, with another $19.5 million on the way.

“Townsville City Council received $70 million through Works 4 Queensland funding rounds, with an additional $13.5 million through the COVID Works for Queensland program,” Mr Stewart said.

“Almost 1,700 jobs have been supported with this funding, boosting our region’s economic recovery. I’m pleased that Townsville will be able to receive a further $19.5 million to further strengthen our city.”

Cr Rehbein said the works would take about four weeks to complete, weather permitting.

“Crews have started works and will be doing some night works to lessen the impact on traffic. These night works will be conducted from 7pm to 5am on Monday April 19 and from Tuesday April 27 to Thursday April 29,” he said.

“Council’s construction crews will be delivering the construction. The project will cost $730,000.

“This is a great final step in refurbishing Bayswater Rd. Council installed new lights on Bayswater Rd at Mount Louisa earlier this year and has last month started construction on a footpath along Bayswater Rd between St Lucia Dr and IGA.

“These are great additions to the area and I’m sure they will go a long way to improving safety and comfortability for motorists and pedestrians in the area.”