Newcastle City Council recently announced it is constructing an important missing link in the shared pedestrian and cyclist pathway network (one of many that is needed to create a safe network). A new 375 metres of shared path is to be constructed on Jackson Street, Broadmeadow, connecting the existing Stadium pathway to the intersection at Griffiths Rd.
This is an important link in the network, particularly since Jackson Street can get quite busy with moving and parked cars during school time and when events are on at the Showgrounds, such as the weekly Farmers Markets. For more info, read the media release below the maps.
Council is constructing 375 metres of off-road, shared pedestrian and cyclist pathway on Jackson Street, Broadmeadow. This will provide a connection to the existing off road link from Hunter Stadium (Turton Road) to Griffiths Road.
Construction will be undertaken between the intersection of Denney and Jackson Streets, along the southern side of Jackson Street, to the traffic signals at Griffith Road. The scope also includes a pedestrian refuge and kerb extension at the intersection of Broadmeadow Road to improve pedestrian and road user safety. Construction of kerb extensions and a school crossing in Jackson Street at Hamilton North Public School will improve safety for school children.
Works are expected to take four months (weather permitting) and provides an important link in Council’s Inner City Bike Lanes project which aims to improve access to the city centre, provide safe and convenient cycle connections to Newcastle’s cycleway network and address safety issues for alternate transport modes.
These works are funded through Council’s Operational Plan SRV – Cycleways and grant funding from Transport for NSW – Safer Roads Program.
This is part of a series of – hopefully – many more updates to come about how the construction of safer cycling infrastructure is progressing in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. I will rely on information made available by Newcastle and Lake Macquarie City Councils.