Work to extend the Bay Trail to Mordialloc starts next week, setting up a major milestone in the development of the popular trail on the Port Phillip shoreline.
It bridges the last major missing link of the trail on the section of the Bay.
The 2.4km shared path will stretch from Mentone to Rennison Street in Parkdale, effectively reaching Mordialloc.
There will be a continuous path all the way from Port Melbourne.
The Bay Trail has proved massively popular with walks and riders, and had greatly enhanced recreation opportunities for the southern suburbs.
The City of Kingston has been developing the project for some years and the boots hit the ground from next week through to the middle of next year.
The works will include a new path, retaining walls, drainage works, new kerb plus a full resurfacing of Beach Road.
Because of VicRoads requirements to keep four lanes of traffic open during peak periods, the works will take nine months to complete.
There will be no lane closures on Sundays or before 10.30am on Saturdays to avoid peak on road cycling times.
Workers will focus on multiple areas to minimise overall project time.
One lane of Beach Road will be cordoned off in sections to create safe working zones for the construction crews during construction times. Two-way traffic will be maintained during works.
Four lanes of traffic will remain open until 9.30am weekdays to allow for northbound morning traffic.
To minimise the disruption to road users and traffic flow, the resurfacing will be undertaken using night works during a 2-3 week period in mid-2020.
A full shutdown of works during 3 weeks over the peak Christmas/New Year period has been scheduled to minimise impact on beach visitors.
The works have been timed to coincide with the Parkdale Yacht Club redevelopment works in summer 2019/20 to minimise disruption to club activities and overall works time in this area.
Beach access will be maintained at all key access points such as pedestrian lights and main pathways to the beach. These access points will be well signed and provide convenient safe access points to the beach.
Parking and beach access will continue to be provided at foreshore car parks. The only car park closed throughout the works is the Rennison Street Car Park, which will be used for the contractor’s equipment storage and site office. A second site compound will be established on the grass area opposite Naples Road.