Safety reins supreme

Sunbury MP Josh Bull pounding the pavement on the new and upgraded paths (supplied).

Local cyclists and pedestrians are only weeks away from being able to enjoy new, safer shared paths along Sunbury Road.

Sunbury MP Josh Bull previewed a section of almost eight kilometres of new and upgraded paths, linking Apex Park in Sunbury, into Goonawarra and through to Bulla-Diggers Rest-Loemans Road intersection on Sunbury’s eastern fringe.

Mr Bull said the upgrade provides an important link to and from local schools, work, and the many other trails across Sunbury.

“We’ve made it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to get around uninterrupted from Apex Park to Loemans Road,” he said.

“[This is] thanks to newly constructed links, separating paths from general traffic.”

Crews worked to upgrade and widen the existing path running along the northern edge of Sunbury Road to Francis Boulevard in Goonawarra, providing a safety buffer between the path and traffic.

The path has also been upgraded to a new smoother surface which connects with the new Jacksons Creek bridge underpass shared path, providing a suitable off-road alternative.

A new fully separated cycling and walking path has been constructed from Francis Boulevard-Sunbury Road intersection to Bulla-Diggers Rest-Loemans Road intersection with pedestrian crossings over Sunbury Road rebuilt to make the paths more accessible to the community.

Big Build Roads said these improvements were made as a direct result of the consultation undertaken on the project, which is the most direct and safest route for cyclists and pedestrians.

These improvements follow the recent completion of the Sunbury Road Upgrade, with all lanes opening to traffic in December.