Russell Street re-opens to traffic 25 November

Residents and motorists will get their first look at the revamped Russell Street, with the section between Ruthven and Neil Streets re-opening to traffic from midday 25 November.

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Carol Taylor said she was excited to see traffic flowing both ways through the street once again.

“I’d like to thank the businesses on Russell Street for their co-operation and patience as Council carried out this important project,” Cr Taylor said.

“The second stage, Ruthven to Neil Street, has provided new pavement and footpaths, lighting and CCTV, entry and exit thresholds, pedestrian crossing points, public art, street furniture and green landscaping features.

“The project also upgraded services infrastructure and undergrounded overhead powerlines.

“While major civil works are now complete, crews will remain on site to undertake final works including artwork, landscaping and streetscape works and general clean-up of the site.”

TRC Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan said delivery of the project was a key outcome of the Toowoomba City Centre Master Plan.

“This project has helped transform one of the city’s oldest and most iconic streets into a vibrant people-friendly destination,” Cr O’Hara Sullivan said.

This project was funded by the Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program and Toowoomba Regional Council.

Assistant Minister for Local Government Nikki Boyd said the Palaszczuk Government was proud to support the revitalisation of Russell Street with an allocation of $2 million of South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program funding.

“The South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program supports SEQ Councils with job-creating infrastructure projects,” Assistant Minister Boyd said.

“Russell Street is one of Toowoomba’s most important iconic destinations, and these upgrades will enhance the already great lifestyle, allowing tourists and locals alike to enjoy this space, giving the local economy a shot in the arm.

“Through the program, Toowoomba Regional Council has been allocated more than $9.1 million to help deliver five community infrastructure projects.

“These projects have already supported or created 69 good, local jobs, with more to come, which is great news for local businesses, local tradies and local families.”

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