Impact of Bulli Pass Closure
RMS is closing Bulli Pass for two months from 4 October 2016, and again from late April 2017, to construct rockfall fencing. RMS has advised Council that Lawrence Hargrave Drive is to be used as one of the nominated detours during these closures.
This means that Council is not able to obtain approval from RMS to undertake work on the GPW along Lawrence Hargrave Drive while Bulli Pass is closed. This will delay the start of works to Section 1, Section 2 and Section 4 until Bulli Pass is reopened to traffic in mid-2017. Consultation for Section 3 is currently underway.
Section 1 - Stoney Creek to Coalcliff Station
Design and approval work is being finalised to upgrade the existing asphalt path behind the vehicle barrier leading up the steep slope from Stoney Creek Bridge to the new works opposite Coalcliff Station. Due to the planned closures of Bulli Pass, construction on this section will commence mid-2017.
Section 2 - Coalcliff Station to Lower Coast Road
A new pathway is in the final stages of design and approval to create a safe route for pedestrians from Coalcliff Station to the spectacular outlook at the southern end of Lower Coast Road. This section of the GPW is one of the most important, as there is no current pathway linking these two locations – these proposed works will provide the missing link in the northern part of the overall project. Once complete, residents and visitors will be able to safely walk from Stanwell Park to Paterson Road Coalcliff, then over the Seacliff Bridge, and onwards to the rest of our magnificent coastline.
This is the most challenging of the sections to be built and will involve the creation of a pathway area on the east side of Lawrence Hargrave Drive that will entail major earthworks, the construction of a boardwalk following the east side of the road, and a new connection up to the outlook at the southern end of Lower Coast Road. Due to the planned closures of Bulli Pass, construction on this section is due to start in February 2017, with the major works commencing mid-2017.
Section 3 - Lower Coast Road / Murrawal Road to Lawrence Hargrave Drive
This section will provide a new footway on the eastern side of Murrawal Road, and on-road cylcleway in this low traffic street. This will link the outlook point at the southern end of Lower Coast Road to the intersection of Murrawal Road and Lawrence Hargrave Drive. We're currently talking with the community about the proposal.
Section 4 - Murrawal Road to Station Street Stanwell Park
The existing asphalt pathway behind the vehicle barrier will be upgraded and a new pathway constructed through to the shops on the corner of the upper Lawrence Hargrave Drive and Lower Coast Road. The GPW will then cross the road on a new pedestrian crossing and lead through the old road formation to the junction of Station Street and Lawrence Hargrave Drive, at the eastern end of the pedestrian bridge that connects to Railway Crescent. Due to planned closures of Bulli Pass, construction on this section will commence mid-2017.