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Encounter Bikeway Shared Path Upgrade (Kent Reserve to Oakham Street, Encounter Bay)

The City of Victor Harbor is upgrading a key part of the Encounter Bikeway from Kent Reserve to The Bluff. The project will be undertaken in a number of stages. The first stage starts at Kent Reserve and will finish just after Oakham Street.

The section of the Encounter Bikeway, which runs along Franklin Parade from Kent Reserve, is one of the most popular areas of the bikeway.

During the development of the Victor Harbor Bicycle Strategy, this section of the bikeway received far more comments than any other. Comments related to the bikeway being too narrow and rough, as well as being an area of conflict between pedestrians and cyclists.

As a result an action within the Bicycle Strategy was to upgrade the pathway between Kent Reserve and The Bluff. The current project is stage one of this action.

Project start date and duration

Works will commence the week beginning 19 October 2020. The project is expected to take five (5) weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Description of works

The project will see the current pathway widened to 3.5 metres and resurfaced with asphalt to make it safer for all users.

Relocation of planting beds and revegetation
To enable the widening of the path there will be some areas where planting beds will be required to be removed. Following the conclusion of the project, Council will undertake a re-vegetation program on the sea side of the path using native plant species.

Upgrading kerb ramps
All kerb ramps will be upgraded within the project area.

Widening some areas
There are a few areas within the project area where the drop-off to the sea side of the pathway will need to be built up to allow for the widening to take place. Council has notified the appropriate authorities that this work is occurring.

View project maps to see where work will be taking place.

Accessing the pathway

During the works period the pathway will not be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. Detours will be in place around the works site. Please observe and obey the signage that is in place.

Traffic management

To facilitate a temporary pathway for pedestrians and cyclists while works are being undertaken, there will be some traffic management treatments in place for the duration of the project.

View the traffic management plans

Information is also displayed in the Civic Centre.


Download the project information sheet