Work has commenced on the final stage of the Russell Island ferry terminal car park upgrade.
Stage two of the three-stage Redland City Council-led $1.98 million project has also opened for use.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said safety would be front of mind as stage three works started adjacent to the ferry terminal.
“This vital project, together with Council’s $17.1 million investment in the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminals Upgrade project, will improve commuting to and from Russell Island,” Cr Williams said.
“This final stage will be undertaken in a complex working environment due to its proximity to the busy terminal, so I encourage everyone to follow all signage and traffic directions during this phase of the project.”
There are also changes to entry and exit points for the car park, with Hawthornden Drive now an exit only and access to stages one and two will be through the stage three work area off High Street.
Cr Williams said it was exciting to see the important upgrade project nearing completion.
“In addition to 64 extra car park bays, this upgrade brings a host of improvements that will enhance safety for both motorists and pedestrians in this busy area,” she said.
Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the project was well timed, functioning in tandem with the new ferry terminal to provide a vastly improved amenity.
“In addition to better safety with new pathways, the car park will boast new landscaping, a roundabout for heavy vehicle manoeuvring and improved traffic flow, a dedicated bus drop-off zone, eight accessible parking spaces, wildlife-friendly LED lighting and provision for future electric vehicle charging, to name but some of the enhancements,” Cr Edwards said.
“I also urge a safety-first approach at the location as our crews work hard to bring the community this significant upgrade.
“Depending on weather conditions, we should be able to enjoy use of the completed car park in a few months’ time.”
The project has been proudly funded by the Queensland Government with $650,536 through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme, and Redland City Council.