One of the $100 million Restart Illawarra Fund projects is about to begin after Wollongong City Council voted to accept a tender to start construction of the Grand Pacific Walk.
The first stage of the walk, which will ultimately stretch from the southern end of the Royal National Park to Lake Illawarra, was one of 20 projects to receive money in December from the Restart Illawarra Fund.
Restart Illawarra took $100 million from the long-term lease of Port Kembla and granted it to 20 infrastructure projects in the Illawarra.
The first stage of the walk received $5 million and, at last night's council meeting, councillors voted for the work to begin.
They voted to accept a $724,986 tender from Fernandez Constructions to build a shared bridge over Stoney Creek at Coalcliff.
A report prepared by council officers identified a crossing over Stoney Creek as a priority.
"Whilst developing the draft Grand Pacific Walk Master Plan, the need to fast-track improvements to pedestrian safety at Coalcliff became apparent," it said.
"The Stoney Creek Shareway Bridge is one of two projects in this area, which is therefore considered a high priority by council."