O.H Greenway to Open By Christmas! PortBUG recently met with representatives of DPTI & the Torrens2Torrens & Torrens Junction Projects. Great news: the OH Greenway – The Port to the Adelaide CBD – will be open by Christmas!
The T2T & TJ Projects will complete the Greenway’s shared pathway link from Queens Street, Croydon through to the Parklands Bike Network. At long last – after 12 years of consistent and cooperative effort – the Greenway between the Port and the Adelaide CBD will be operational!
The PortBUG will be seeking a formal opening ceremony, hopefully to coincide with the start of the 2018 TDU in the Port! Maybe a giant TDU/Greenway ‘Breakfast & Celebration Ride’? Stay tuned for further news…
‘Torrens2Torrens’ Project Update: T2T staff told us that although the South Road bicycle overpass will be open to commuters by September/October, the extended ramp to Coglin Street may still be a work zone over November. In the interim this may require those using the overpass to descend via the new ‘dog-leg’ ramp on the Eastern side to McInnes Street (and thence to Port Road via First Street and Coglin or Chief Streets).
‘Torrens Junction’ Project: The original scope of the TJ Project has been extended Westwards to link up with the bikeway overpass over at Coglin Street. This will take the new OHG shared use path all the way through to the Adelaide Parklands via new off-road pathways over a new bike bridge at Chief Street, a road crossing at West Street and through the new Bowden Station precinct, under Park Terrace and into the Park Lands.
We have been assured that the new pathway will be at least 2.5 metres wide, straight and well lit at night. Work will take place over October/November and again, it is expected to be open by Christmas. It was noted that the pathway through the station precinct will be separate from the station platform.
Signage & Detours: PortBUG has provided feedback indicating that access through the whole TJ construction site remained somewhat confusing and difficult due to a lack of clear, on-ground signage. Project staff noted that one of the large pathway maps has recently gone missing due to construction activities – they will ensure it is replaced and that interim detour signage is reviewed and improved where appropriate.
It’s worth noting that in the Torrens2Torrens Project area in particular (Queens Street to Coglin Street), a number of the detour and access routes (Hawker St, Cedar Ave) will close and open again over the next few weeks as multiple works proceed.
Staff recommend that cycle commuters utilise the Port Road bicycle detours around the South Road junction over this period. We were also told that the pathway crossing at Park Terrace will close soon as work on the underpass continues. DPTI will maintain and update the Cycle Instead Journey Planner which may also assist cyclists keep track of these changes.
Linear Path Updates: There are a number of projects affecting bicycle access along the Linear Pathway at present. Work to widen the Taylor Street bridge has closed the Linear Path here for some weeks, requiring detours that will be reflected in the Cycle Instead Journey Planner. Linear Path under the Torrens bridge on Port Road is also about to close for approx. 3 weeks due to work undertaken by SA Water. Pathway access under both bridges will be open by Christmas.