A little project that has slipped under the radar somewhat has been the repair to the Gayhurst Rd Bridge in Avonside/Dallington. With the bridge due to reopen to traffic again mid-year, some interesting work is proposed on the approach roads. This is an interim scheme until more is known about developments in the adjacent Red Zone and future traffic flows in the area. Great to see too that they’ve been keeping a pedestrian/cycle link open across the river while the bridge has been closed for reconstruction.
The proposed works include:
- shared pedestrian / cycle paths on both sides of the bridge itself (not entirely sure how that’s going to work crossing the side-roads however; perhaps some raised platforms?)
- separated cycleways north of the bridge behind planted islands (hmm, will traffic cut the inside corner immediately north however?)
- provision for the future construction of the Avon/Otakaro cycleway alongside the (southern) river bank (although the crossing point itself at Gloucester St could be more helpful)
Although it’s only a relatively short section (~150m), it’s a pleasant surprise to see separated cycleways provided in a relatively minor street (and enough width for two people to cycle side-by-side). When it’s connected in the future to the Avon/Otakaro pathway, it will be an even more useful link.
Community consultation closes on this Tuesday 21 April 2015. So if you want to show your support or provide some more detailed comment, have your say.
What do you think of the proposed works?