Construction is expected to start by the end of the year on the cycleway between Macksville and Nambucca, 18 months after funding was announced by the State Government to link the two towns.
In February last year $2.18 million was promised for the path, but progress has been delayed by speed bumps such as creek crossings, construction of retaining walls and acquisition of land adjacent to the old highway.
The good news is tender submissions are ready to go to Council for approval for stages one and three of the link, while negotiations for land are still halting Stage 2.
- Stage 1 - Florence Wilmont Drive to Lumsden Lane
- Stage 3 - Champions Lane to Nursery Road
This comes as welcomed news to local riders who currently either brave the dangerous stretch of road, with non-existent shoulders, or avoid riding the route altogether.
The same enthusiastic local riders are depicted in the feature image christening a new section of the bike path back in 2014, that will eventually link Nambucca Heads to Macksville.
"The project includes but is not limited to the construction of a reinforced concrete cycleway, earthworks, drainage, safety barriers, handrails, retaining walls, line-marking and other features in accord with the tender documentation," Council's manager technical services Keith Williams said.
"We'd expect to see work commencing some time in November, once the successful tenderer has been announced and they've pencilled in to their works program."