Update Tuesday 12 December: The industrial action in the Port of Melbourne that has closed the Footscray Road bike trail is continuing.
The path is expected to remain closed until the morning of Saturday 23 December.
However, we are hopeful of an earlier resolution of the issue which could see the path reopened earlier.
In the meantime, the detour along Moonee, Ponds Creek and Dynon Road will remain in place. Original story follows.
Due to industrial action at shipping terminals in the Port of Melbourne, the Footscray Road Trail will be fully closed for at least a week.
The closure kicks in today at 4:30 and is expected to remain in place until Monday 20 November.
In recent days the path has been closed at traffic peak periods, and open the remainder of the day.
It was hoped that discussions among the parties involved in the dispute yesterday may have resulted in the lifting of the periodic closures, however the outcome was not positive.
The industrial action is disrupting truck movements into and out of the port which is in turn causing safety concerns where trucks are intersecting with the bikes on the temporary pathway being used during west Gate Tunnel construction.
The standard detour route in place along Dynon Road and the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail will be deployed during the closure.
Signage and traffic management will be in place along the path to help direct people to the detour route.
A number of improvements have been made to the Dynon Road route following the previous detour in September, including refreshed line markings, coloured surface treatments and new signage to improve visibility for bike riders and motorists.
As the lower Moonee Ponds Creek Trail can flood at times during certain tidal conditions, there is also a flood detour available via north and west Melbourne.
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