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25 November, 2020

Construction On Cycle Bridge To Start By Christmas

CONSTRUCTION of a cyclist and pedestrian-friendly bridge outside Mossman will get underway before Christmas, pedalling forward plans to connect the sugar cane town and Cooya Beach via a dedicated cycleway.

Douglas Shire Council today resolved to award a $648,784 construction contract to King Concreting Pty Ltd to build a single-span steel, dual purpose shared bridge at Junction Creek, located on the north-eastern edge of Mossman.

The construction, which is Stage One of the 4.7km Mossman to Cooya Beach cycleway project, will create a safe passage for cyclists and pedestrians using the creek crossing.

Once complete, Stage Two will involve constructing 2.6km of shared cycleway from Junction Bridge along Bonnie Doon Road to the Melaleuca Drive intersection at Cooya Beach.

Future stages would connect the road loop from Cooya Beach to Captain Cook Highway, south of Mossman, as well as additional off-shoots down Cooya Beach Road.

Deputy Mayor Lisa Scomazzon said the pending construction was exciting news for cyclists.

“This is a fantastic project that promotes healthy and active lifestyles, while increasing our ability to connect Cooya Beach and Mossman,” she said.

“The Junction Creek Cycleway Bridge will create a safer crossing for cyclists and allows us to join a crucial link for further works on the cycleway.

“Council has a comprehensive road map called the Principal Cycle Network which allows us to sensibly invest in cycling infrastructure to encourage more people to get on their bikes.”

The Queensland Cycle Strategy 2017-2027 sets the strategic direction for cycling in Queensland over the next 10 years, detailing the priorities and action areas.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, together with local governments, developed the Far North Queensland Principal Cycle Network Plan 2016. This plan identifies routes both within each local government area, and connections to adjacent shires.

You can read more about the Douglas Shire Principal Cycle Network here.

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