Moreton Bay’s Councillor for Division 11, Darren Grimwade, has announced that council will invest more than $400,000 towards the first stage of a major upgrade for Samford’s Main Street.
The $400,000 commitment will go towards new pedestrian crossings along the tourism and business hub, as well as upgrades for the intersections of Main Street with Kath Fitzgerald Drive and Station Street.
Cr Grimwade made the announcement at council’s Coordination Committee Meeting on Tuesday, November 14 and said it follows extensive consultation in 2016 and 2017 with locals, businesses and visitors.
“As part of this process, the community was invited to complete a survey on upgrading Main Street, and more than 100 respondents told council they supported improved pedestrians access, so I’m pleased to be able to deliver this upgrade for them,” Cr Grimwade said.
The crossings will be located along Main Street:
- South of the Kath Fitzgerald Drive intersection;
- North of the Cash Avenue North intersection; and
- North of the Station Street intersection.
“Once complete, the new crossings will make it easier for visitors and locals to access shops, markets, John Scott Park and the Visitor Information Centre.
“Making sure we have improved pedestrian safety along Main Street has been one of my top priorities for Samford, and it’s exciting to see this project come to fruition.”
Samford Progress and Protection Association President Lex Robertson welcomed the announcement and said the project was a much needed upgrade for one of Samford’s main business areas.
“Anyone who knows Samford knows that this upgrade will help residents safely cross this major road,” Mr Robertson said.
“I’m lad that council has responded to what the community has asked for, and I’m excited to see it all get underway soon.”
Cr Grimwade said the works would be commence in early 2018 and be completed over seven weeks, weather permitting, ahead of the second stage of the Main Street upgrades, which includes new road surfacing.
Works will be carried out to minimise disruption, and motorists and businesses will be notified prior to works commencing.
“I want to acknowledge the State Government for their $170,000 contribution towards the first stage of this project and for up to $950,000 for the second stage, as well as their commitment to improving road safety together with council in the local area,” Cr Grimwade said.