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NEW RUSSELL ISLAND CAR PARK TO BE COMPLETED IN 3 STAGES Work on a $1.98 million upgrade to the Russell Island car park adjacent to the new ferry terminal, is being carried out in three distinct stages. The three-stage construction concept has been decided on to cause as little disruption to the critical parking situation on Russell Island. Stage one is the furthest section away from the new ferry terminal. This involves the development of the newest of car park areas involving two blocks of land acquired by Redland City Council. Stage two is the centre section of the car park design, and stage three is closest to the ferry terminal. “We wish to cause as little disruption as possible to car parking on Russell Island while the work is being carried out,” Mayor Karen Williams told The Friendly Bay Islander. Construction of stage one has already started with the project’s completion to be by mid 2023. Council says the new car park will provide an additional 64 car parking spaces with safe pedestrian access via raised pathways. There will be a new roundabout for heavy vehicle manoeuvring and improved traffic flow as well as a dedicated bus drop-off zone. There will also be eight ‘accessible’ parking spaces and there will be provision for future electric vehicle charging. Not only that, but there will be parking for motor cycles and bicycle racks as well as spaces for taxi pick-ups and emergency vehicle zones. The area will be lit with wildlife-friendly LED lighting and extensive landscaping. For more information on the Russell Island car park upgrade or the SMBI Ferry Terminals Upgrade, visit Council’s Your Say website.

• Cr Mark Edwards and the first stage of the Russell Island car park upgrade.

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