[CAMWEST-discuss] M7 Shared Pathway condition report

Mark Robson Mark.Robson at australwright.com.au
Thu Apr 26 01:03:17 UTC 2007

Hi Graeme and All,
I would argue long and hard against woodchipping, especially on even the gentlest slope.
It seems anywhere I have seen woodchipping adjacent to a concrete path the wood chips ALWAYS end up
all over the path. It is even happening in my back yard.
I'll get some photos to post on our site.
Mark R

-----Original Message-----

Hi All
Issues relating to M7 should be treated separately as it is a different body who is responsible.
Have we got value for money well yes & no.  Yes we have a great asset and a huge plus for cycling and no for the rush to finish the job and the need for many repairs to the payment after only 18 months would have to be questioned.
Good numbers often seen out riding early Saturday mornings.
Rode the whole of the M7 from Richmond Rd to Prestons in the Sth on Easter Monday.  
Landslip area at Dean Park just north of Richmond Rd has now been repaired and shared path now open (opened last weekend).
Mowing and some further woodchip landscaping under bridges etc is also underway along many sections.  Woodchip are dangerous as they often get washed onto path and road bikes hate the little slippery b%$$ers.
Repairs to surface cracking appears to be an ongoing issue and looks like has recently been attended to 'again' albeit the fine sand used to take the sticky out of the bitumen is dangerous. 
Around Rooty Hill Sth near railway overbridge potential for landslip with several large gaps in pavement. Area looks like it is being closely monitored.
Subsidence section near M4 eastbound road exit ramp has also been fixed and now open.
Repairs to night lighting continues to be a maintenance issue with several sections blacked out.
Have also recently ridden the section from Norwest Boulevard to Quakers Hill (early March) and all was OK then.
Not sure of the condition of the intersection of M7 with Old Windsor Rd near M2. 
Pathway from M7 along to Sunnyholt Rd and down to Kings Park Tavern has lots of glass (RTA issue) 
Graham Heap
Windsor Cyclists

----- Original Message ----- 
From: jonhol2 at netscape.net 
To: camwest-discuss at nicku.org 
Cc: aunwin at bicyclensw.org.au 
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 5:09 PM
Subject: [CAMWEST-discuss] Parramatta T-Way & BNSW

Hello everyone,
                   I spoke with Alex Unwin today about the involvement of BNSW in the Parramatta T-Way problems. Alex has suggested that CamWest put together a submission to BNSW regarding the issue and he will take that to the Minister which will hopefully also raise the issue with the RTA. His sugestion was also that I approach him in this instance as a member of CamWest in the first instance & stating that I am also a Board Memebr of BNSW.
Alex suggested that we condense our current discussion emails on this issue and forward them to him, together with the fact that we are trying to meet with Parramatta City Council Traffic Commitee re same.
He also suggested some contact with Blacktown City Council re this issue as well. To that end, is anyone aware of problems or incomplete areas of the track beyond Parramatta's jurisdiction that we can document and raise with the Minister's office & RTA?
After my ride of a small section of the cycleway, I was amazed at the lack of maintenace & the state of the track already. I was also surprised at the state of the start of  M7 section & I am led to believe that there has been at least one significant mud slide further along that path. Can some one confirm this please, along with the current state of the M7 path?
Therefore, could you please forward any additional problems or issues that you may be aware of regarding this costly, yet currently mostly useless piece of infrastructure as soon as possible through the discussion board? I will compile a reply to Alex as soon as I have a sufficient amount of information, possibly by this time next week. I will forward a copy to the discussion before forwarding it to Alex.
John Holstein

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