Pedestrian and cyclist facilities at Fernleigh

Monday 12 August 2013

Almost $1 Million for cyclist and pedestrian link to Fernleigh Track

Member for Newcastle, Tim Owen and Regional Manager (Hunter) for the Roads and Maritime Services, Anna Zycki, today announced an additional funding injection for cyclist and pedestrian facilities along the Pacific Highway between Scenic Drive at Merewether and the Fernleigh Track.

Visiting the site today, Mr Owen said the NSW Government initially provided $190,000 for this project to improve safety for cyclists on this busy Newcastle road but has since boosted its contribution to almost $1 million.

“The extra NSW Government funding directed from our budget has allowed us to continue with almost $1 million in improvements along the Pacific Highway to help improve cyclist and pedestrian safety,” Mr Owen said.

“This is a project that I have strongly advocated for, particularly on behalf of the local cycling community, and I am proud that the NSW Government has been able to fully fund the works.

“I’m delighted to see the projects progress including the recent widening of the road shoulder along the eastern side of the Pacific Highway for about 500 metres between Scenic Drive at Merewether Heights and Fernleigh Loop,” Mr Owen said.

The work also includes a concrete median to provide additional protection between the shared paths and motorists.

“Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is currently finalising the design of the concrete median to be installed in the coming weeks,” Mr Owen said.

“RMS will also carrying out line marking to make it clear to users the cycleway is a two way shared path. A 160 metre shoulder connection on Scenic Drive and a 25 metre off-road path to Fernleigh Loop will also be installed.

“This project is expected to significantly improve safety and provide a high quality shared cycle and pedestrian path along this busy length of road to connect to the Fernleigh Track.

“It’s more evidence of the NSW Government’s commitment to improving safety and infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians in the Newcastle area,” Mr Owen said.

Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions including short delays while the work is carried out from Monday to Saturday between 9.30am and 2.30pm. Wet weather may change work dates and times.

Media: Lizzie Watkin 0404 005 036

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