The deadline is April 9 to have a say on the route of the Grand Pacific Walk/Cycleway through Stanwell Park- which looks likely to be built along Murrawal Rd.
The GPW will eventually link Bald Hill to Windang and is expected to increase the volume of tourists passing through the region as they take in the spectacular coastline by foot (or bike). Sections of the pathway have already been completed around Stanwell Park and Coalcliff.
The original design had the new route leave Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park and divert along Murrawal Rd- before re-joining Lawrence Hargrave Drive.
This route upset locals who believe taking so much foot-traffic along the narrow street, with a lot of driveways and the potential for flooding, will make it dangerous for everyone. You can read that story HERE
Council originally had five options to link the pathway to Coalcliff, however, following input from a number of professionals including RMS engineers, UOW engineers, traffic survey consultants and road safety auditors, they still favour the Murrawal Rd option.
The Council report states:- “Through loss of property, constrained environments, geotechnical slip or compromise to the safety of users through steep grades, limited width and blind corners four of the five route options were considered not feasible.
The Murrawal Road route was found to be the only feasible option.
According to Council, detailed traffic surveys and road safety audits show this option provides a safe route for all users while only requiring minimal construction works to build the new footpath and improve the sight lines and intersection treatment.
Funding for the project has been allocated for the first quarter of the 2018-19 financial year with work expected to take between six to eight weeks.
The other options considered by Council were..
- ROUTE 1- Continues along Lawrence Hargrave Drive
- ROUTE 2- Lower Coast Road and the access driveway off LHD
- ROUTE 3- Lower Coast Road and Murrawal Rd
- ROUTE 4- Lower Coast Road
- ROUTE 5- Lower Coast Road and Kallaroo Avenue.
Details of the five options are on Council’s Have Your Say website at https://www.haveyoursaywollongong.com.au/grand-pacific-walk-stage-1-section-3 . Submissions will be accepted until 9 April.