Elevated platform to transform UQ eastern gateway
Earthworks will begin soon on a major upgrade to the University of Queensland’s popular eastern entry, an initiative set to dramatically improve access for the 20,000 people who journey through the area daily.
The UQ Lakes Walkway project is part of a $4.5 million redevelopment of the main pedestrian walkway linking UQ Lakes Busway with the university’s central St Lucia campus.
UQ Property and Facilities Director Alan Egan said a huge number of daily St Lucia campus arrivals travelled via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge and a landscaped, elevated walkway would alleviate several thorny planning issues.
“The old concrete pathways were problematic on several levels,” he said.
“People with limited mobility were finding that the journey up the hill from UQ Lakes was very challenging.
“Not only was the gradient steep but several areas were subject to minor flooding during storms.
“With the new CityCat terminal expected to funnel commuters through this part of the campus, the university is obliged to upgrade the precinct.”
“During the construction phase, closure of the main path between UQ Lakes Busway and the Union Buildings will result in more pedestrians and cyclists sharing alternative paths.
“We’d like to remind everyone to consider their fellow commuters, especially during construction.
“Riders must obey dismount signs and give way to pedestrians at all times.
“Put simply, we would like commuters to exercise extreme caution on these routes. Cooperation and courtesy will ensure a safe journey for all.”
Construction of the new covered walkway has been timed to minimise disruption to students. Site works are expected to be completed by end of March 2015, weather permitting.
The Brisbane City Council, which is currently building a new CityCat terminal near the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, has contributed $750,000 to assist in addressing disability access issues in this area.
Local councillor, Cr Julian Simmonds, said the Brisbane City Council was focused on providing world-class public transport options to the university.
“The new expanded CityCat terminal will allow more students to travel via public transport, reducing congestion on St Lucia roads,” Cr Simmonds said.
“As part of this project, Council was keen to ensure the terminal was accessible to all students, regardless of abilities. Providing funding to help upgrade the pathways will ensure we make catching public transport easy and attractive.”
UQ prioritises funding for projects that improve the safety and amenity of walkways and bike paths on campus in line with UQ’s sustainability objectives.
More information, including construction details and proposed pedestrian diversions can be found at http://www.pf.uq.edu.au/project-bb.html
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