A shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians on Solitary Islands Way is the subject of a submission to Roads and Maritime Services.
A shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians on Solitary Islands Way is the subject of a submission to Roads and Maritime Services. Jodie Price

Push for RMS path funding on Solitary Islands Way

COMMITMENTS to help fund construction of a shared path between Sandy Beach and the Graham Drive North interchange will be sought by the council in a submission to Roads and Maritime Services voted on last week.

The council says this is the highest priority 'missing link' section of shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga highway and the council itself is unlikely to be able to fully forward fund the estimated $350,000 cost of the work from developer contributions.

The work includes a bridge over Double Crossing Creek.

The council motion included noting the RMS determination on the proposed speed zones on Solitary Island Way, which include 80km and 60km zones.

It also noted the proposed work on the Sapphire to Arrawarra shared path.

In 2012, the council voted for a 60km speed zone on the entire Sapphire to Arrawarra service road.

The current RMS proposals include a 100km speed zone on Solitary Islands Way (old Pacific Highway) north of Centenary Drive, Woolgoolga.

The council is currently involved in handover negotiations with the RMS for the Sapphire to Woolgoolga project, which will see the council take over maintenance of the new service road, including bypassed portions of the old Pacific Highway.

These negotiations include upgrade, repair and reconfiguration work and payment of costs associated with long-term maintenance.



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