Work has begun on a new shared cycling and walking path along Harvester Road Sunshine − which will link the Sunshine train station to the existing off-road shared user path over Anderson Road that connects to Albion train station.
The $1.3 million project will better connect Sunshine’s CBD to the Albion train station as part of the Sydenham-Sunshine bike path and the Sunshine trail.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the path would help close gaps in the Sydenham-Sunshine bike path – to provide a safer cycling and walking connection between Sydenham and Sunshine.
The project will also include a new pedestrian-activated crossing across Harvester Road (at the corner of Devonshire Road) and a raised pedestrian crossing at the roundabout with Hampshire Road.
“We’re improving access to the Sunshine CBD for cyclists and walkers − this helps to create vibrant spaces where people feel safe and enjoy shopping.”
“Once completed, this project will provide a vital connection for cyclists and pedestrians to travel off-road, from Sydenham to Sunshine and on to West Footscray via the Sunshine trail,” Cr Giudice said.
As an additional safety improvement, speed limits along Harvester Road will be reduced from 60km/h down to 50km/h, with current 40km/h zones to remain in place.
North-bound traffic will be reduced to one lane along a 500 metre section of Harvester Road, from Hampshire Road and past Devonshire Road.
The $1.3 million project is jointly funded by Brimbank Council ($650,000) and the Transport Accident Commission and VicRoads ($650,000), through the Victorian Government's $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund.
From Tuesday 8 May, Harvester Road will be temporarily closed to north-bound traffic, between Dickson Street and Foundry Road, until Tuesday 29 May. Drivers are urged to use Anderson Road or Hampshire Road as an alternative.
Work is expected to finish in late 2018.