Nepean Avenue Draft Design Gets The Green Light

Nepean Avenue Draft Design Gets The Green Light

Wednesday, 27 September 2023

The community can look forward to improved safety and an enhanced Great River Walk experience after Penrith City Council endorsed the Nepean Avenue Pedestrian Pathway draft design at Monday night’s Ordinary Meeting.

Councillors voted to progress the project to detailed design and construction after a traffic audit confirmed the need for improved pedestrian safety on Nepean Avenue.

A key feature of the draft design is a new pedestrian pathway on the western side of Nepean Avenue, between Memorial Avenue and Tench Avenue. The path is within the existing road verge and includes bespoke lighting bollards to separate and protect pedestrians from passing traffic.

The project will also see Nepean Avenue become a two-way quietway with a reduced speed limit, road resurfacing and traffic calming bands to create a safer, calmer traffic environment to support cyclists on the road and encourages more active transport.

Penrith Mayor Todd Carney said many options for a permanent pathway solution have been considered and investigated by Council over the years, and the endorsement of the draft design reflects Council’s commitment to pursuing the best possible outcome for the community.

“Council has taken feedback on board and worked hard to develop a design that balances safety, functionality and aesthetic considerations and meets the needs and expectations of Nepean Avenue residents and the wider community,” Cr Carney said.

“Better connections around the Nepean River Precinct and greater accessibility have been a focus for Council since our community raised this as a priority during the development of the Our River Masterplan in 2013, and in other consultation opportunities since.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has provided feedback about this project over the years. Council is looking forward to delivering the long-awaited missing link to the Great River Walk and providing this much safer connection for our community.”

This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Penrith City Council. Council secured a $1.25 million grant and will match this funding, with a further contribution allocated from Council’s District Open Space Contributions Plan.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said the NSW Government was pleased to provide $1.25 million in grant funding to this project as part of the Metropolitan Greenspace Program.

“Our Metropolitan Greenspace Program helps create liveable places, great neighbourhoods and build sustainable communities in Sydney and across NSW.

“The works will create a safer and quieter area for pedestrians, cyclists and the wider community.”

The endorsed draft design will now progress to detailed design. Feedback from Nepean Avenue residents will help refine certain design elements with minor changes proposed for the placement, type and number of new trees, placement of bollards and travel lane dimensions.

Council will soon invite tenders for the detailed design and construction of the project. Construction is expected to start by early 2024 and be complete by late 2024.

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Information contained within this news release was correct as at Wednesday, 27 September 2023.