The median islands on Sunset Dr and the northern section of Camooweal St are getting a makeover in a $90,000 Mount Isa City Council beautification project.
The beautification will consist of an alternating pattern of decorative concrete and gravel and the planting of drought-tolerant, hardy native shrubs, such as emu bushes or spider lilies.
"These medians have been barren and desolate for several decades now, but in a few short weeks they will be looking great," Mayor Joyce McCulloch said.
"With the different colours of concrete and gravel, native plants and the geometric patterns used, these medians will look completely different.
"Council's focus and commitment is to consider and improve the overall visual appeal of the whole city, not just the CBD, and this is what we have done with these median islands."
The Mayor said as part of the city of opportunity campaign Council was spending time on these visual considerations and beautification work across the city.
"In designing these new medians, we have also taken into consideration long-term upkeep requirements and have incorporated low-maintenance elements that won't put a strain on the maintenance budget.
The beautification works follow the recently completed upgrade of the water mains on the middle of Sunset Dr, with the old 100mm-diameter mains there replaced with a 150mm pipe as part of Council's ongoing water mains network refurbishment program.
The works will begin in Camooweal St this month with the medians south of Patricia St, before progressing northwards along Camooweal St and into Sunset Dr, up to the bridge.
The project should be completed by the end of June. Motorists are advised that traffic conditions may change while the work is progressing and should slow down while crews are on-site.