The Darebin Creek Trail will be entirely trail by next year after a short on road section is replaced by a new bridge.
The City of Darebin has announced that it will construct a new single span bridge over the creek at Tee street, Kingsbury, to connect the trail on the opposite bank at Rathcown Road, Resevoir.
Currently the trail uses a section of Rathcown Road to traverse through this area.
The $600,000 contract has been awarded and on-site works will start mid-January 2019 and are expected to be complete by end of May, weather permitting.
The works involve building the new 3 metre-wide footbridge, plus the construction of concrete shared paths that provide a link to Tee St.
The bridge is a single span approximately 28m long, and the footpaths are about 60m on the west side and 200m on the east side.
The City says the facility has been identified as a priority in the Northern Regional Trails Strategy, Darebin Creek Trail Review 2016 and the Darebin Cycling Strategy Technical Report 2012.
The project is also informed by the Bundoora Park Master Plan and the Darebin Transport Strategy, and is needed to complete the only remaining missing section of the Darebin Creek Trail where users are currently required to use a section of road along Rathcown Road.
The bridge will provide safe access and continuity along the Darebin Creek Trail, and will improve the trail catchment from the east.
Works will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of Melbourne Water, and in accordance with an approved Cultural Heritage Management Plan.
The City says it may be necessary to redirect pedestrian and cycle traffic on the existing footpaths for short periods, but paths will generally remain open.