Every western-suburbs cyclist’s idea of a hellscape, the Moonee Ponds crossing at Footscray Road is getting an upgrade.
The Andrews government has pledged to build almost 14 kilometres of upgraded cycle paths as part of the Western Distributor Project. This includes the four-kilometre West Gate tunnel.
Included in the $5.5 billion allocated to the project is a 2.5-kilometre “veloway” that will sit above Footscray Road and below a new flyover.
The enclosed bike path will cater to commuters in a hurry by bypassing a number of traffic lights. It will also feature escape hatches and stairs for a quick exit in the event of accidents or punctures.
The bike path along Footscray Road will be widened and upgraded.
The accident-prone intersection at Somerville Road and Whitehall Street will be avoided with a new bridge alongside Yarraville Gardens. Another bridge will be built over Footscray Road near Docklands.
The project will allow commuters in Werribee to cycle all the way to the CBD without having to share the road with cars and trucks.
Although truckies aren’t happy about it, Yarraville and Footscray residents will be able to sleep easier now that at a 24-7 heavy-vehicle ban has been introduced. Francis Street and Somerville Road in Yarraville, and Buckley and Moore Streets in Footscray will be truck-free; heavy vehicles will be directed to Port Melbourne through the new West Gate Tunnel.
Although not as high-tech as Dubai’s proposed driverless drone taxis, the new cycle path sounds significantly less terrifying. Construction is due to begin in early 2018.