Big bike bridge build begins

The first steps towards constructing the big bold bridge over Footscray Road in Docklands will be taken in the coming weeks.

Riders on the bike-busy Footscray Road Trail won’t miss it because a section of the trail will be realigned around the construction site.

The path will be diverted between Little Docklands Drive near the new Primary School and the traffic lights at Waterfront Way near Costco.

The diversion will be put in place over the weekend 10-13 June.

The temporary path will be moved further away from the roadway and close to the fence along the vacant land.

The detour will be enclosed with a fence on both sides and will not be as roomy as the old alignment.

This matters because pedestrians, often disorientated tourists, use this section of the trail. In the dark of winter evenings riders will have to take extra care.

The new bridge is being built as a connection to the Veloway link to Footscray being delivered as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Riders from Footscray will ride on a dedicated bikeway that is suspended below the elevated roadway currently under construction along Footscray Road which crosses the Moonee Ponds Creek on the northern side of Footscray Road.

Riders then continue and join the new bridge to cross Footscray Road diagonally to the south side and continue along the trail into the CBD.

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