Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has turned the first sod for the Nepean River pedestrian and cyclist bridge, which will transform the way Penrith residents interact with the picturesque Nepean River.
Stuart Ayres said the 257 metre long bridge will provide a safer crossing for the hundreds of joggers, parents pushing prams, cyclists and walkers who currently use the narrow footpath on Victoria Bridge.
“Even with the delay created by the Log Cabin fire we have always been committed to delivering this landmark project for Penrith.”
“Victoria Bridge has served as the major crossing of the Nepean River since 1867 until the M4 Motorway bridge opened to traffic in 1971.
“Currently pedestrians and cyclists must use the narrow footpath across the Victoria Bridge, with views of the river obscured by the metal side rails.
“The new pedestrian and cyclist bridge will facilitate engagement with the river with viewing platforms and terraces.
“The bridge forms a critical link in the Bridge to Bridge loop which connects Tench Reserve, Emu Plains and the M4 Motorway pedestrian crossing.
“The 200 metre span will also facilitate continued use of the river as one of the country’s premier natural rowing straights.
“Seymour Whyte Constructions was awarded the major work tender for the bridge in May so it is great to see shovels in the ground.
“The bridge will be uniquely constructed on the eastern side of the river and launched across to the western side over temporary piers and today the first piling work for the bridge abutments gets under way.
“The Penrith community can expect to benefit from the new bridge in mid 2018, weather permitting.”
For more information visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-west/nepean-river-bridge/index.html