Safety improves for pedestrians and cyclists on Memorial Avenue
Published on 17 February 2017
Pictured: Mayor Yvonne Keane and The Hills Shire Group Manager of Strategic Planning, Michael Edgar inspecting Memorial Avenue.
Pedestrians will soon benefit from safety improvements after funding was approved by The Hills Shire Council to build a temporary pedestrian bridge across Elizabeth Macarthur Creek, beside Memorial Avenue, in Kellyville.
Hills Shire Councillors approved the $112,189 footbridge during a Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 14.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said this was a win for residents, commuters and pedestrians who use the busy road on a daily basis.
“The temporary pedestrian bridge will be built alongside Memorial Avenue, separating motorists from pedestrians and cyclists,” Mayor Keane said.
“We’re committed to investing in important infrastructure to make it easier and safer for more people to ride bikes or walk across the single-lane thoroughfare which has only continued to get busier due to more development within both The Hills and Blacktown LGA’s .
“The new bridge will also provide pedestrians with an easy and safe route to the T-Way Station on the corner of Memorial Avenue and Old Windsor Road.
“We have listened to the community and Council is pleased to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure to improve connectivity for locals and visitors alike.”
The 16-metre pedestrian bridge will be removed once Memorial Avenue is upgraded by the Roads and Maritime Services, but will act as a temporary solution to address safety concerns in the meantime.
Tenders for another four bridges was also approved during the Council Meeting including a pedestrian bridge over Cattai Creek in Castle Hill (next to the Castle Hill Showground).
Another bridge connecting Rosebery Road, in Kellyville to Chainmail Crescent, in Castle Hill received the nod of approval, while another pedestrian bridge will be constructed over Smalls Creek Way, Beaumont Hills to the future Oxlade Street reserve, Kellyville.
Finally, a pedestrian bridge over a tributary of Cattai Creek between Strathfillan Way and Georgia Terrace, Kellyville also received approval on the night.
“All these bridges will improve connectivity, walkability and add to the quality of our life,” Mayor Keane added.