Stage one of new shared path opens on St Georges Road
Pedestrians and cyclists in the inner north will soon be using a better pathway along St Georges road, with Melbourne Water opening the first section of its new shared pathway in coming weeks.
The first section of the new shared path, a commitment as part of the M40 Preston Reservoir to Merri Creek Water Main Renewal Project, is expected to be open for use by the end of the September.
The new path will be opened in sections, with stage one running from Bent Street to Normanby Avenue in Thornbury.
Once completed, the new concrete path will be 3.5m wide from Arthurton Road to Gadd Street and 4.5m wide from Gadd to Miller Streets. It narrows to 2.5m wide at un-signalised crossing points - at Beaconsfield Parade, Gadd Street and Woolton Avenue and the U-turn crossing at Beavers Road.
Melbourne Water General Manager, Major Program Delivery, Eamonn Kelly, said he was pleased people will soon be able to enjoy the new path.
“One of our commitments to the community has been to leave the St Georges Road median strip site in better condition than we found it and the opening of the shared path is one way we are doing that.”
“We’re pleased that this path will improve usage for pedestrians as well as cyclists, many of whom cycle the route to and from work every day.”
Replanting around 70 mature palms along St Georges road and the planting of an avenue of Chinese elms are other ways Melbourne Water aims to ensure the site is in the best possible condition when it is returned to the community.
“The reinstatement of the centre-median is a significant milestone of this project and we thank the community in particular local residents and business owners, for helping us develop a reinstatement plan that will see the area significantly improved.”
“We are very grateful for the support we have received during the construction of this vital new water main. We recognise that some of the work has been disruptive and we greatly appreciate peoples’ patience.”
As there may be some localised diversions, and final signage and finishing details are yet to be completed, users of the path should continue to take care as they travel through the construction area.
The new water main should be operational by October 2017 and reinstatement work at the site is likely to to continue until February 2018.
A copy of the reinstatement plan is available on the M40 project webpage.