The October 24, 2009 issue of Cambridge Post (Vol 36, No. 42) on page 22 is reporting that a three metre off-road cycle path will be built by the City of Nedlands and the Town of Cambridge.Â The path will run between the Challenge Stadium and the junction of Underwood Avenue and Brockway Road, Floreat.
According to the Cambridge Post article the three metre wide lit off-road path will cost $253,626.Â Construction is expected to start after February 2010 and finish by July 2010.
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A search of the City of Nedlands and Town of Cambridge websites did not provide any further information on the proposed bike path so I will follow-up with City of Nedlands with the intent of obtaining a copy of the plans for the proposed path.
Playing around in Google Maps I estimated the path length at approximately 950 metres, which works out at a cost of $89.00 per linear metre. If this is anywhere near correct, the Councils could have built a hard surface path for this cost!
Update: October 30, 2009: I have had an email chat with Wayne Mo, Design Engineer at the City of Nedlands and it appears that a plan is not yet available but maybe available in 2010. Mr Mo suggested I contact him then and so will do so.Â I am curious but as to how the Council can get a grant without a plan. I guess one of lifeâ€™s mysteries.
Update: October 31, 2009:Â I emailed both the City of Nedlands and the Town of Cambridge. I have received an informative reply from Jon Bell, Manager Infrastructure Works at the Town of Cambridge of which I am appreciative. Mr Bellâ€™s reply is posted below.
The newspaper report is ambiguous.
A 3 m wide shared path on the north side of Underwood Avenue between Meagher Drive and Perry Lakes Drive.Â Drawing is attached.Â This is being constructed by the state government as part of the Perth Athletics Stadium project and Perry Lakes Stadium Redevelopment.Â They expect construction in December 2009.Â They will also provide the missing link between Meagher Drive and Brookdale Road as Stage 2.
The Town of Cambridge and City of Nedlands will be constructing the missing link between Perry Lakes Drive and Challenge Stadium on the south side of Stephenon Avenue to link up with the existing path.Â This is waiting for the earthworks to be completed along the alignment by the contractor that is constructing the Athletics Stadiums.Â We were originally advised October 2009 but this may become February 2009.
The City of Nedlands was recently advised that they have received a grant from the Federal Government to construct a section of path on the south side of Underwood Avenue from Brockway Road to Meagher Drive and south side of Stephenson Avenue east of Challenge Stadium. This path will link up with the internal paths within this athletics complex.