Shared up­grade ap­proach

Stirling Times - - News - Denise S. Cahill

A NEW prin­ci­pal shared path (PSP) in­clud­ing two un­der­passes will be built from Hut­ton Street to Glen­dalough sta­tion as part of the Mitchell Free­way widen­ing pro­ject.

The State Gov­ern­ment said work on the $40 mil­lion Mitchell Free­way pro­ject, which in­volves adding a lane be­tween Cedric and Vin­cent streets, would start within months.

It will be jointly funded by the State ($8 mil­lion) and Com­mon­wealth ($32 mil­lion). Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti fol­lowed the an­nounce­ment by con­firm­ing the State would build the $19 mil­lion, 2km PSP from Hut­ton Street to Glen­dalough sta­tion at the same time as the free­way up­grade to avoid fur­ther traf­fic dis­rup­tions.

“The PSP is funded by the State, but we’ve com­bined the work in to the con­tract with the road widen­ing,” Ms Saf­fi­oti said.

“The cy­cling com­mu­nity came to us and said the fo­cus has to be on the PSP net­work be­cause in a lot of ar­eas it’s dif­fi­cult to ride, there’s sig­nif­i­cant con­ges­tion or the path just ends.”

As part of the up­grade, two in­ter­sec­tion cross­ings will be re­moved and re­placed with an off-road, con­tin­u­ous path.

The sec­tion be­tween the Glen­dalough Sta­tion foot­bridge and Roberts Street will fea­ture a sep­a­rated fa­cil­ity for rid­ers and walk­ers on the PSP net­work, which will in­clude a 4mwide path for rid­ers and a 2m-wide path for walk­ers.

De­tailed de­signs for the PSP, which will cater for high pedes­trian move­ments to the train sta­tion, as well as peo­ple rid­ing to work, the city and at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Lake Monger and Herds­man Lake, will be pre­sented to the Con­struc­tion Ref­er­ence Group in early 2019 be­fore be­ing fi­nalised.

Two un­der­passes will be built at Hut­ton Street ei­ther side of the free­way.

There will be a new bridge built at Scar­bor­ough Beach Road.

Bal­catta MLA David Michael and Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti.

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