Lakelands ‘missing link’ to be completed

Work is underway on a 250 metre ‘missing link” of shared pathway alongside one of Lake Macquarie’s busiest roads.

The $350,000 project includes construction of a new path on the north side of Medcalf Street, from Lakelands Drive east to the Lakelands tennis courts.

Lake Macquarie City Council acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said the existing path connecting the tennis courts with Lakelands Community Hall, and a small section of ageing path west of Lakelands Drive, would also be renewed.

“We will also be building a more substantial amenities building for the tennis courts,” Mr Bryant said.

Construction underway to renew existing path section on western side of Lakelands Dr

“These works will fill the gap between existing shared pathways, making it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to get around.”

Pedestrian diversions will be in place throughout the works period, however construction is not expected to affect vehicular traffic in the area.

Mr Bryant said the project was part of Council’s ongoing commitment to improve and extend the city’s network of shared pathways.

Council provides and maintains more than 533kms of footpaths and cycleways across the LGA, with more planned for the 2018-2019 financial year.

Mr Bryant said one of the main projects planned for the next 12 months was construction of a 2.5km shared pathway from Argenton to Glendale, which would provide a continuous link from the lake to the Glendale-Wallsend cycleway.