The installation of boardwalks along Old Melbourne Road between Traralgon and Morwell is underway, as the Morwell-Traralgon shared pathway continues to take shape.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced $1.6 million in Federal Government funding toward the 10-kilometre pathway for cyclists and pedestrians.
Mr Chester said works on stages 3A and 3B are proceeding with the boardwalks along Old Melbourne Road due to be finished next month.
“Native vegetation removal along Old Melbourne Road is due to begin this week with construction of the pathway in this section to start in August,” Mr Chester said.
“Security fencing is also being installed along Princes Drive, Morwell where the path runs parallel to the railway line.”
Mr Chester said while there have been some minor delays during construction the community will be keen to see the pathway finally finished.
He said the pathway would link two of the Latrobe Valley’s major towns to improve connectivity and liveability.
“The pathway will improve health benefits for local residents by providing a safe connection for recreational cyclists, runners and walkers,” Mr Chester said.
“Encouraging Gippslanders to get more active, more often is a passion of mine,” Mr Chester said. “Investing in better recreational facilities is good for tourism and the liveability of our local communities.”
Works are complete along Princes Drive, Morwell, from Kernot Lake to Waterhole Creek, from Crinigan Road to Alexanders Road, Morwell, and along the top end of Kay Street, Traralgon.
The Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway is being jointly funded by the Federal Government ($1.6 million) and Victorian Government ($2.95 million). Latrobe City Council is delivering the project.
The shared pathway is due to be finished by the end of the year.