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CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE: New Reid Highway PSP To Be Laid with Gold?

Okay maybe not gold but you have to wonder what the heck it is being made of considering it is costing $1.83 million per kilometre. That is right, a whole three kilometres of principal shared path alongside the Reid Highway at a cost of $5.5 million. Why wasn’t it done as part of the upgrade of the highway and at a more reasonable cost? I just hope it provides a real benefit to the community in the area.

The press release from Troy Buswell the Minister of Transport detailing this expenditure follows and the Mains Road project page can be found here.

Cyclists and pedestrians will benefit from a new $5.5million State Government-funded Principal Shared Path on Reid Highway.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the project would be undertaken by Abigroup Contractors, which had this year completed the traffic interchanges at Alexander Drive and Mirrabooka Avenue on Reid Highway.

“The new path will cater for cyclists and pedestrians and connect Mirrabooka Avenue with Camboon Road, Noranda, via the existing bridge over Reid Highway at Northwood Avenue,” Mr Buswell said.

“Covering more than three kilometres, it will provide a vital link between existing east-west and north-south cycle routes which are part of the Department of Transport’s Perth Bicycle Network.

“It will also provide an alternative route for the community to access surrounding local facilities such as shops, schools and recreation centres.”

The Minister said preparation work for the new path had already started. Major works will begin in the New Year and the new path, along with associated landscaping, will be completed by June 2012.

In the interests of safety and security, the path will be fenced with wire rope barriers where it is being built adjacent to Reid Highway between Northwood and Alexander drives and illuminated to current Australian standards.

Fact File

  • Construction will commence after January 9, 2012 and all work will be undertaken during daylight hours
  • The northern side of Reid Highway is a protected ‘Bush Forever’ site. Clearing for the path is only being undertaken in the dedicated road reserve and will not affect this environmentally sensitive area.

 

2 Responses to CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE: New Reid Highway PSP To Be Laid with Gold?

  1. Cyclesnail January 3, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

    Unfortunately this is the current approx cost for works done via MainRoadsWA. The section from Tonkin Highway to Bassendean Station is about 2km and costs 1$3.6 mio.

    • Aushiker January 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM #

      Roland suggests that Councils are providing 40 km of shared path in 2011-2012 for $2 million which if correct says a lot of about the handling of these matters by Main Roads WA. Minister Buswell needs to get his act together and sort out this waste.

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