The days of riding on the notorious timber boardwalk in Wantirna South are numbered, with work starting soon on the new connection along the Burwood Highway.
VicRoads is building a new off-road connection from Morack Road to the Eastlink Trail and it wants community input into the preliminary design of the 800 metre all-weather trail.
The $4 million project will be constructed on the southern side of Burwood Highway and will include the construction of a bridge over Dandenong Creek.
The new path provides a safer and more convenient alternative to the existing narrow timber boardwalk on the northern side of Burwood Highway which becomes slippery when wet and is often closed.
The new path will complete a ‘missing link’ for local communities and encourage even more people to safely use the popular Carrum to Warburton cycling corridor without being forced onto the narrow shoulder of Burwood Highway.
Funding is coming from the $100 million in the Safer Cyclist and Pedestrian Program.
The benefits of the new shared path will include:
- a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists between the Eastlink and Dandenong Creek Trails
- a direct link along Burwood Highway towards Westfield Knox
- an upgraded link in Melbourne’s cycling network, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to travel off-road for many kilometres on the Carrum to Warburton trail.
Community feedback will play an important part in the development and design of the new pedestrian and cycling path.
Riders are invited to attend an upcoming information session to see concept designs and talk to the project team.
When: 5pm to 8pm, Thursday 1 August
Where: Vermont South Learning Centre, 1 Karobran Drive, Vermont South
When: 9am to 12pm, Saturday 3 August
Where: Vermont South Learning Center, 1 Karobran Drive, Vermont South
In recent months VicRoads has completed a range of flora, fauna and cultural heritage assessments as part of preliminary planning for the new path.
Construction is expected to start in early 2020.