Ambitions of Albany being a walkable city to be bolstered by construction of new pathway to popular spot

Stuart McGuckinAlbany Advertiser
A new path will be laid from Brunswick Road to Apex Drive.
Camera IconA new path will be laid from Brunswick Road to Apex Drive. Credit: Laurie Benson

It will soon be easier to travel to the Forts Precinct from the Albany CBD on foot or bicycle thanks to the construction of a new pathway that starts in the next four months.

The new pathway will link Brunswick Road to Apex Drive, via Burgoyne Road, Marine Drive and Forts Road.

It will add to the existing paved pathway network to allow people to walk, wheel or ride from the CBD or port precinct to the National Anzac Centre at the top of Mt Adelaide.

City of Albany acting chief executive Matthew Gilfellon said the project would provide a crucial link to popular tourist attractions within the Mounts Precinct.

“The undertaking not only adheres to the highest standards of safety but also aligns seamlessly with the city’s vision for a more accessible and interconnected community,” he said.

“Construction of the Marine Drive Mounts Access Path is a significant milestone in the city’s commitment to enhancing connectivity, promoting sustainable transportation, and promoting future tourism and economic growth.

“The completion of this project will not only enhance connectivity within the city but also contribute to our broader vision of a sustainable and walking and riding friendly Albany”.

Funding for the project, which involves the construction of about 1km of pathway, has been secured by the city courtesy of a Department of Transport WA Bicycle Network Grant program.

Construction is scheduled to start this month after the council endorsed its preferred tenderer in December.

It is expected the work will be completed by late April.

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