San Remo,
22
July
2014
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05:32
Australia/Melbourne

San Remo to Anderson Pathway Cracks Explained

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Works to repair cracks in Bass Coast Shire Council’s San Remo to Anderson shared pathway will begin next week.

Council’s Infrastructure Director, Felicity Sist, said minor cracks in the pathway were to be expected before the project had been completed, but the contractors would be required to make any repairs.

“Additional drainage will be cut into the pathway that will direct water away from the path to an existing drain,” Ms Sist said.

“There’s always a chance you will identify issues after the initial construction has been completed – you can’t foresee every issue.”

Ms Sist also explained why Council had installed safety barriers along the side of sections of the pathway that had been a target of criticism.

“The shared path has been designed and engineered in accordance with current standards and safety railings have been installed along sections of path to comply with VicRoads’s safety requirements,” Ms Sist said.

“Although aesthetics are an important factor in design, the primary concern is public safety.

“The product was chosen as it has been used on similar projects around the state and is designed to meet the new safety requirements for bikeways and paths released by Austroads.

“The key objective of fences constructed in close proximity to bicycle lane or path facilities is that cyclists should be able to brush against fences and not be injured or 'caught' as a result.”

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 various grants from the Victorian Government and a small contribution by Council.  It is a four year project expected to be completed in 2015/16.

Ms Sist reminded the community that the constructed sections of path were not currently open to the public.

“The pathway has not yet been completed, and doesn’t currently link with existing pathway, so I ask community members to please refrain from using the path until it has been opened,” Ms Sist said.

“Stage 2 of the project is expected to begin soon, with the tender closing on 29 July.

“The completed path will provide our community and visitors with a scenic walk, featuring boardwalks and views overlooking the ocean.”

For more information on the shared pathway, including maps, please visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/sharedpathway.