Community engaged on Murdoch Drive south shared path extension

7 October 2020

The City of Melville is encouraging feedback on the next stage of the Murdoch Drive shared path.

The City of Melville is encouraging feedback on the next stage of the Murdoch Drive shared path, which is an important piece of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and a major part of the State Government’s Long Term Cycling Network.

The design for the extension of the existing shared path, on the west side of Murdoch Drive from Discovery Way south to Farrington Road, is being funded 50% by the Department of Transport.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear said the project was important because it linked Murdoch Drive to the Roe Highway shared path network and connected the Cities of Melville and Cockburn via Hope Road.

“The traffic volumes along Murdoch Drive are predicted to increase from 11,600 vehicles in 2019 to 29,200 in 2021, and up to 50,600 in 2031 with the new Murdoch Drive Connection,” said Mayor Gear.

“The huge increases in traffic make it imperative for a protected cycle area in the form of a shared path to ensure the safety of both bike riders and pedestrians.

“The new path will also serve important facilities such as the Murdoch Activity Centre, Fiona Stanley Hospital, St John of God Hospital, Murdoch University, South Metropolitan TAFE, Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison and City of Melville Operations Centre.”

Residents can comment on the concept of the Murdoch Drive shared path through Melville Talks from now until 4.00pm on Tuesday, 20 October.

Construction of the shared path extension is scheduled to take place from July 2021 to May 2023.

The first phase of the Murdoch Drive shared path, connecting Leach Highway to South Street was completed in June 2019 and was built to make it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access the Murdoch Activity Centre and Murdoch Health Precinct, as well as nearby Corpus Christi College, Yidarra Catholic Primary School and Murdoch University.

The project, funded 50% by the Department of Transport, was listed as a priority in the City of Melville’s Bike Plan 2012.

For more information about the Murdoch Drive shared path engagement, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/sharedpathMDS

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