Greenway Missing Links
Inner West Council (NSW) required a detailed feature and level survey to be completed over a 3.2km section running from Iron Cove to Earlwood, Sydney, to facilitate the design and construction of a renewed bike path as part of the Council’s strategic initiative to complete the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay.
The Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay is a 5.8km urban environmental corridor linking the Parramatta River at Iron Cove with the Cooks River at Earlwood. Following the route of the Inner West Light Rail and Hawthorne Canal, The GreenWay features bike paths and foreshore walks, cultural and historical sites, cafes, community bush-care sites and a range of parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities. The Inner West community and local councils have been campaigning for over 10 years for funding to complete the remaining 3.2kms of the GreenWay from Parramatta Road, south through Summer Hill and Dulwich Hill to the Cooks River.
The overarching objective of the GreenWay Missing Links Detail Survey was to provide a detail survey suitable for concept and detailed design of the Greenway Missing Links
Following a competitive tender process, Taylors were awarded this project. The project encountered numerous complexities, including thick vegetation and steep batters and access restraints with land within the GreenWay corridor being owned by several agencies (including Inner West Council, City of Canterbury-Bankstown, Roads and Maritime Services, Sydney Trains and Sydney Water).
Small sections of the proposed GreenWay shared path also passed through privately owned land, but strong negotiations and good design overcame the challenge. Access into the light rail corridor and heavy rail corridor was also required in some locations and Taylors had to ensure all survey works were coordinated to follow the procedures and requirements of relevant agencies.
To overcome these project complexities Taylors used a combination of traditional survey using Total Station, GPS technology, and Mobile Laser Scanning to access road and rail areas. By using remote sensing techniques such as Mobile Laser Scanning Taylors were able to significantly reduce the need for traffic management, reduce costs and reduce the time taken to complete the survey works.