Residents on the western side of the Bruxner Highway in Goonellabah now have a completed shared pathway linking them from the Kadina overpass to James Road.
The new 1km footpath now allows pedestrians access to safe crossing points from either side of Bruxner Highway and resolves safety issues regarding the lack of safe passage along Bruxner Highway for residents west of the highway.
Lismore City Council was successful in its application for funding through the NSW Government Walking and Cycling Program securing a $461,000 grant.
Lismore City Council Assets Engineer Anthony Magarry said the upgrade connects residents to the existing cycle and pathway loops in Goonellabah.
“Council’s successful application in securing the grant funding has allowed us to resolve safety issues and complaints for the many residents on the western side of Bruxner Highway,” he said.
“Shared pathways that are safe are integral to encouraging people to walk or cycle as part of their everyday travel, but importantly we now connect residents from the western side to take part in the cycle loop in a safe manner across a busy highway.”
Member of the NSW Legislative Council Ben Franklin said the journey to secure funding had been a long time coming.
“This new infrastructure is something the community has been wanting for a long time and it is wonderful to join the local Council to officially open the new pathway,” he said.
“Walking and cycling are an everyday part of how the local community accesses schools, shops and family and friends and this project is making it easier for people to connect to the facilities they need.”
The NSW Government’s Walking & Cycling Program improves bike riding to and within centres, neighbourhoods and to key destinations and enables vibrant centres and liveable neighbourhoods.