Project Update

Prior to Christmas last year we asked for feedback on path design options for Stage 4 of the Grange Lakes Corridor Shared Use Path, between Jetty Street and Beach Street in Grange.

We undertook consultation on a proposal to align a new shared use path through the Napier Drive cul-de-sac (requiring removal of the cul-de-sac bulb), for which we received majority support.

In response to community requests to reduce the use of boardwalks in Stage 4 to improve rideability and reduce construction and maintenance costs we undertook additional consultation with affected property owners in Napier Drive and Sturt Close, on a proposal to narrow the width of Napier Drive to 5.5 metres with the new path located on the natural ground surface adjacent to the existing stone wall. We received strong community objections to this proposal.

After reviewing the feedback, the project team revisited the option of relocating the existing stone wall adjacent Napier Drive to the east to accommodate the new path over the relocated wall (which was considered in the planning stages to be too expensive)

The option to relocate the stone wall was found to be more cost-effective than the construction of the boardwalk and comparable in cost to road narrowing. In addition, the stone wall relocation option responds well to both the project’s objectives and the community feedback.

We are now presenting the Stage 4A design option shown overleaf for Council endorsement. The proposal includes:

  • Removal of the Napier Drive cul-de-sac;
  • Relocation of Stone Wall adjacent Napier Drive;
  • Construction of the shared use path to the east of Napier Drive roadway and through cul-de-sac;
  • The Napier Drive road width to remain as-is, south of Sturt Close

A report presenting the technical assessment and outcome of community engagement for Stage 4 of the Grange Lakes Corridor Shared Use Path will be presented at the meeting of our Asset Management Committee on Monday 15 July 2019 (commencing at 6pm) at the Civic Centre, 72 Woodville Road, Woodville. A copy of the committee report is made available on the Thursday prior to the meeting.

Should the plan be endorsed by the Council, it is proposed to construct the new shared use path alongside Napier Drive, between Grange Lakes Reserve South and Beach Street in 2019/20 (“Stage 4A”).

It is proposed that design of “Stage 4B” (Napier Drive to Jetty Street) continues in 2019/20, pending discussions with the Charles Sturt Memorial Museum Trust about the alignment of paths through Grange Lakes Reserve South and near Trust land.

We would like to thank all those who have provided their comments to date, its greatly appreciated.

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