New path to boost walking, cycling links

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Tara Murray

Cyclists and pedestrians will have a smoother journey with a new shared user path to be built next to the M80 Ring Road.

The 1.1-kilometre path will run from the EJ Whitten Bridge to Dodds Road in Keilor East and replace the existing path.

The $1.9 million project will also include removing the old path and the clean-up of a sediment pond nearby to improve the amenity of the area.

Construction of the path will start in March and will be finished by the middle of the year.

The Department of Transport, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Parks Victoria and Brimbank Park are working together on the project.

The new path will add to the nearby Maribyrnong River Trail and Western Ring Bike Trial, giving people in the area another option to cycle or walk through the natural parkland and green space.

Roads and Road Safety Minister and Niddrie MP Ben Carroll said the path would give locals more options to get out and about.

“We’re giving everyone in Keilor East, Sunshine North, Kealba and the surrounding areas more options to get fit and active by building this brand new path.”