Hawthorne Canal

“A smart solution to keep local pedestrians and cyclists safer”

Executive Summary

At Leichhardt’s Hawthorne Canal Reserve, dogs and cyclists could never see eye to eye. Cyclists passing through the reserve on the bike path were constantly chased by dogs, and the local council had to find a solution. Following a competitive tender process, Fleetwood was engaged to design and construct a cycle/pedestrian bridge downstream of the reserve, allowing cyclists to bypass the reserve altogether and pedal without fear of canine pursuit!


Leichhardt Municipal Council (now Inner West Council)





Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover



Fleetwood Involvement

Fleetwood led the entire project, from the design and DA stages through to construction and installation. Working closely with the Council, we recommended using our in-house Longreach™ truss bridge system. This minimised unnecessary design costs and fast-tracked the entire process. The main bridge structure, measuring 28 metres long and 3 metres wide, was fabricated off-site using only galvanised steel components and sealed with a long-lasting marine grade coating system. It was then transported to the site in three sections. Simultaneously, our onsite team constructed the foundations using driven steel piles with reinforced concrete pile caps and abutments. The bridge structure was then assembled just metres from its final location and craned into position, before the project was completed with approach paths, retaining walls and handrails.


Award Name Location Year
Greater Sydney Planning Awards, Award 2 – Great Community Led Project Hawthorne Canal 2010