The Penrith community has the opportunity to be involved in the design process of the Nepean River Green Bridge – the $20 million State Government plan to build a pedestrian pathway across the Nepean River.
Residents and businesses can have their say on three options for the design of the bridge which be built adjacent to the Victoria Bridge.
“The RMS have a list of preferred designers who were asked to draw up a number of concept designs for the bridge. From those submissions there were some key aspects that the three options were based upon,” explained Penrith MP, Stuart Ayres.
“The three options are not the final designs, but there are some key aspects such as the pillars, the curvature and design that we would like the public’s feedback on.”
The first option is a bridge that follows the natural curve of Punt Road and Old Ferry Road, creating an ‘S’ bend in the bridge. The second design is a cable-stayed bridge, not dissimilar to the ANZAC bridge and the third replicates the structure of the M4 bridge further down the Nepean River.
“After community feedback on the design the Steering Committee will agree on a final design, and as long as that fits into the cost envelope of $20 million then we will start to detail the environmental impacts,” Mr Ayres said.
“This is going to be the people’s bridge and open up the great landmark of Penrith – the Nepean River – which is why we can’t get enough community feedback.”
Residents in Penrith and Emu Plains will receive a community update this week detailing the options and asking for their feedback. The options are also on display at the Penrith City Library and Emu Plains Library.
More information is also available at www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects.