Wednesday, 06 January 2016 12:42

Press Release - Crossing upgrade to benefit Sunnybank Hills Students

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is improving safety around Sunnybank Hills State School, with a $119,000 project to build a new pedestrian crossing and improve safety on Borella Road with works completed in September.

Local Councillor Kim Marx (Karawatha Ward) said the upgrade was part of Council’s Safe School Travel Program and would help students, parents and teachers easily and safely travel to and from the school.

“Council undertook this project after Sunnybank Hills State School and the Department of Transport and Main Roads raised concerns about students, parents and teachers cross Borella Road,” Cr Marx said.

“The project involved building a new children’s crossing, kerb ramps, new sections of footpath and four traffic islands

“This project has also reduced the crossing distance on Borella Road, making it easier and quicker for pedestrians to cross the road and improving safety.

“The new pedestrian infrastructure has also improved sightlines to make the crossing more visible to motorists, helping to promote a lower speed environment and supporting the safe movement of vehicles through the intersection of Borella Road and Kentucky Street.”

Cr Marx said $693,000 had been allocated to improving safety around schools through the Safe School Travel program in the 2015/2016 financial year.

“Seven schools across Brisbane will benefit from Safe School Travel projects in the 2015-16 financial year, including footpaths, refuges and crossings as well as bus and car facilities such as bus zones and passenger loading zones,” Cr Matic said.

The Safe School Travel program is jointly funded by Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.