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Construction has started on a new section of Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Mitchell Freeway between Goody Close (near Glendalough Station) and Hutton Street as part of the Mitchell Freeway southbound widening from Cedric Street to Vincent Street.

The new 2.1km section will complete an essential missing link in the Mitchell Freeway PSP and make the route quicker, safer and more direct for people walking and cycling.

The upgrade will include new crossings at Scarborough Beach Road via a bridge and at Hutton Street and the Hutton Street freeway on and off ramps via underpasses. This will create a completely off-road, continuous path and will ensure a more accessible and convenient journey that eliminates the need to cross from one side of the freeway to the other multiple times. There will also be path along the Hutton Street on-ramp to provide connections to Roberts Street, McDonald Street, Hector Street, and Cape Street.

The section between Glendalough Station footbridge and Roberts Street will also feature a separate pedestrian section, making it the first ever cycle-only and pedestrian-only separated path on the Perth Principal Shared Path network and the first of its kind in WA. This will include a 4m wide path for people cycling and 2m wide path for people walking, with the non-separated sections measuring 4m wide. This design caters for high pedestrian movements to the train station as well as those people riding to work, to the city and local attractions including Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake.

Works will start south of the Glendalough Station footbridge and end north of the Hutton Street intersection, tying into the existing Principal Shared Paths at either end and is expected to be completed in 2019.

This path is the first PSP to commence construction following the government’s $134m commitment to cycling infrastructure. The second missing link of the Mitchell Freeway PSP between Civic Place and Erindale Road is expected to commence construction in 2019-2020.

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