Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Gipps Street, Abbotsford

Location: Gipps Street, Abbotsford

Responsibility: Yarra City Council

The Problem: Volumes have been written about the "Gipps Street Steps" on the Capital City Trail along the Yarra. Following the River path southward, it ends in steps before crossing the river east-west  at Gipps Street.  They are three flights of steps up that mar a pleasant commuter and leisure route (Bicycle Victoria image). They leave you winded and annoyed (on a bike or with a pram) or stranded (if you can't make it up or down).
The Solution: In 2009 it was reported that there is finally some action on a new bridge design, pushed by Bicycle Victoria. Then on 5 May 2010, BV reported that the state budget had allowed $2.5m for a complete redesign and solution, funded through the Parks Asset and Replacement Program (Parks Victoria).
The details are here. Nice one. 
For the next few months, or maybe over a year, keep slogging...

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