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There will be three alternatives for cycleways to be part of the Pacific Highway Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade.
There will be three alternatives for cycleways to be part of the Pacific Highway Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade. TREVOR VEALE

RTA planners and contractors helping cyclists to design cycleways for the Northern Beaches as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade have received a bouquet from the organisers of the Cycle Focus Group Meeting.

Organiser Rod McKelvey said RTA staff and contractors had been ‘fantastic' and the way they consulted with the community had been much appreciated.

The consultation, mapping and planning has seen three alternatives developed for cyclists: 2.5m shoulders on the highway; two-metre shoulders on local roads and a recreational cycleway/walkway which does not compete with traffic, some of which will adjoin the local road, Hogbin Drive style.

The RTA and contractors are now refining and costing the plans for each section of the highway.

Cyclists are hoping by the next meeting they will find out what it will cost; what it will look like, how much the parts identified as priority one will cost, how much of that can be constructed within the project budget and possibly who will do the work.



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