Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery joined Illawarra Coal president Troy McDonald on Tuesday for the launch of the Mount Kembla Pathway Project, a public-private partnership to construct a shared pedestrian and cycle path along Cordeaux Road.
About 1.2 kilometres of three-metre wide pathway will be constructed along the southern side of Cordeaux Road.
The project will include the rebuilding of two road bridges as well as retaining walls and improvements to the road, which is quite narrow and prone to floods.
Construction is already under way on the refurbishment of Bushell's Hill Bridge, while a tender has been awarded for the construction of a replacement bridge over American Creek on Cordeaux Road near William James Drive.
The council would also rebuild two retaining walls outside Mount Kembla Primary School that are in poor condition. Illawarra Coal is contributing $2 million to the project, Wollongong Council $2.5 million, and the state government $4.5 million through its Restart NSW Resources for Regions Program.