Outer Harbor Greenway Update & Opening, July 2017.


View of the Greenway path through the new Bowden Station precinct & the Park Trc Underpass.

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…

Artist’s view of the shared-use overpass currently under construction at South Road.

‘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.

Artist’s view of the Greenway path through the Bowden Station precinct – from the East St crossing.

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.

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7 Responses to Outer Harbor Greenway Update & Opening, July 2017.

  1. Tim Walsh says:

    Very appealing that safe path to Port will herald return of Tour Down Under in the new year.

  2. lesjredbike says:

    Wonderful news thanks Sam. Look forward to hearing more at our August meeting this coming Thursday.

    Thanks

    Leslie

  3. Ben says:

    Great work – really looking forward to it.
    Is there a plan for where the path goes from First St heading towards the city? At the moment it goes around a disused factory but it looks like there would be room next to the railway to avoid a diversion.
    Cheers!

    • samsavvas says:

      Hi Ben,
      I’m sorry – I may have confused you and perhaps other readers. The reference to using First Street and then perhaps either Coglin or Chief Streets was only in reference to an alert from the Torrens2Torrens Project Team that the actual overpass bike path and the dog-leg ramp to McInnes Street might well be completed and open in Sept/Oct – before the long ramp and pathway running parallel to the rail line from the overpass to Chief Street was finished. I was only suggesting First Street as an interim route to get to the Port Road bike-lane detour. Eventually there will be a straight, well lit & brand-new bikeway running parallel to the rail reserve, all the way from the overpass through to the Adelaide Parklands! This is what we’ve been told will be ‘open by Christmas’! Hope that’s a bit clearer… Sam.

      • Ben says:

        Hi Sam
        Your initiall message was very clear – no worries there.
        I would be very pleased if there is a plan to run the path all the way by the railway as I had heard it would still divert all he way round the disused factory between East St and Chief St.
        Thanks
        Ben

      • samsavvas says:

        Hi Ben, I’m guessing that you are referring to the large shell of the old bluestone building bordering the West side of East Street up to the rail crossing. I didn’t quiz the DPTI rep. in detail as to how exactly the continuous, straight bikeway was to be achieved so to be honest, I can’t answer your question. However I do note that between the end of the said bluestone building and the fence of the rail reserve/crossing maze there is a full-width gate (see pic below). I’m presuming that the proposed pathway may occupy a space on the edge of the rail reserve more or less equivalent to this gate’s width (a new rail-reserve fence would be required). The northern edge of the current rail reserve is bordered by a heavy-duty steel fence. So I guess another possibility is that the proposed path is to be located on the other side of this fence – between it and the wall of the stone building. I’ll make some further enquiries and let you know…
        East Street, edge of rail-reserve, looking West at possible bikeway route(s).

      • samsavvas says:

        OK – here’s some definitive clarification. I’m afraid I had not appreciated the full extent of the lowering of the Outer Harbour rail line. It appears that the lowering of the line will free up space for the bikeway – specifically, “the rail will be lower than ground level. There will be no pedi crossing there at all. So that’s where the space comes from.” Hard to imagine but I think we’ll just have to take it on faith and see what the outcome is. Pretty exciting if you ask me! Sam P, PortBUG.

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