'Path To Nowhere' To Connect Wonthaggi And Cowes
Plans for the boardwalk section of the San Remo to Anderson shared path are now complete and have received VicRoads approval.
This section of path will run from Potters Hill Road and along the frontage of Silverwater’s resort.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s $1.1 million project, that will eventually connect pathways from Cowes to Wonthaggi, involves 5.5k of gravel shared pathway along the Phillip Island Tourist Road, connecting with the existing rail trail at Anderson.
The overall project is funded through grants from the Victorian Government Regional Growth Fund via the Local Government Infrastructure Program and will be funded over four years, with the design and investigation completed in 2011/12.
Construction of the pathway is estimated to take three years to complete.
Council’s Infrastructure Director, Felicity Sist, said there had been some confusion in the community about where the path would start and finish, with the project being completed in stages.
“It isn’t a ‘path to nowhere’, as some people have suggested; the shared path has always been a planned staged work in progress in conjunction with numerous authorities,” Ms Sist said.
“The funding is also being provided over three years, therefore Council is unable to complete the entire project at once.
“Unfortunately we were also unable to build the path in the order that we would have liked because of the existing road works for the Bass Highway duplication, and this is why the initial section doesn’t currently connect to an existing path.”
Ms Sist said the section that is planned to connect to existing paths in San Remo would be formally constructed as part of new subdivisions; however, Council would most probably need to construct a temporary connection if the developments were delayed.
“Connection to the rail trail at Anderson will be achieved by an approved crossing and will operate in a similar manner to the rail trail crossing further east near Kilcunda,” Ms Sist said.
“Proposed road works, with barriers and reduced traffic, will allow a safe crossing to the bus stop and beyond to the rail trail.”
The shared path has been designed and engineered in accordance with current standards and is supported by Department of Transport, Bicycle Victoria and local bicycle groups.
Safety railings have been installed along sections of path to comply with VicRoad’s safety requirements.
For more information on the shared pathway, including maps, please visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/sharedpathway.