Finally, after a number of false starts the Outer Harbor Greenway’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Overpass at South Road is now open for business. Wendy and her T2T colleagues were on hand for this morning’s low-key ‘ribbon-cutting’. Actually it was just a snipping of the zip-ties holding the gate closed – there will be a more formal opening with the Transport Minister at a later date!
There may be a few instances when bike riders are asked to briefly dismount and walk over coming weeks as the railings are installed but essentially it’s now fully accessible between the western entrance kerb ramp at Day Trc (just off Queen St) and the long eastern ramp down to Coglin St!
Here are a few pics from the day:
Getting out of bed early conferred ‘first over’ honours!
Cyclist #2 looked pleased with himself too!
Bicyclista #3 looked ever-so-slightly bleary-eyed – but even happier!
Rider #4 gets the over-the-top ‘eager-cheeriest’ prize!
Giulio (#5) gives the bridge a go – the Engineer’s critical gaze!
The first pedestrian to use the new bridge – ‘Congratulations Sir!’
Bicyclista #6. As Rob says at the WestsideBUG f/b Group – ‘It’s a game-changer!’)
Mark was #7 and first to arrive from the East (city-side).
Top of the Bridge appears well-lit if slightly ‘prison yard-like’ (times we live in it seems…)
Better up here than down there though!
The long ramp descends to the east, all the way to Coglin and then West Street.
There’s also a nice ‘dog-leg’ ramp on the eastern side down to McInnes Street (this pic taken before today’s opening – the kerb ramp is now installed and complete).
Nice access-ramp at West Street. The West Street railway crossing is behind me.
The path from the West Street access ramp and rail crossing up to the Chief Street Bridge is still closed because the pathway beyond (through to East Street) is yet to be built!
Thirteen years of waiting – yep, we’re happy!