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Project Update - June 2023

We are listing to community feedback and have paused works to allow for a review of the project and further community consultation.

Next steps

Over the next week you will see activity along Bennett and Oliver Streets while we make the work site safe.

This includes:

  • Returning the line markings at northern end (Bennett and Oliver Streets between Park Street and Wyndora Ave) to original state.
  • Installing a new pedestrian crossing at Adams Street and Park Street, replacing the pedestrian refuge that was removed as part of the works.
  • Removing No Stopping signs that were erected for the construction.
  • Making minor changes to line markings where kerb barriers have been installed, and painting of the island at southern end of Oliver Street, between Lawrence Street and Surfers Parade.

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We thank you for your ongoing patience.

Proposed works

We are improving the amenity of Oliver Street, Bennett Street and Park Street between Freshwater Village and Curl Curl Lagoon.

Three options were presented for consideration, and in response to community feedback and the outcomes of an independent Road Safety Audit, we are proceeding with a modified design of option 1B. This design was approved at the Local Traffic Committee held on 5 April 2022, and is in line with the adopted ‘Move’ Northern Beaches Transport Strategy.

The project includes the following features:

  • On-road bi-directional separated cycleway on the northern side of Bennett Street and eastern side of Oliver Street.
  • 20km/h safe street environment on Park Street.
  • 7 new and improved crossings for people walking and bike riding.
  • 1 zebra crossing upgraded to a raised pedestrian crossing.
  • 3 new bus stop platforms that will be disability compliant and enable quicker boarding and alighting of bus passengers.
  • Kerb and gutter extensions around Harbord Public School on Oliver Street and Wyadra Avenue to increase space for people, particularly kids and families during school pick-up and drop-off time.
  • Wayfinding signage and line marking upgrades.

Temporary changes to line marking have been made as part of early works in preparation for the main works. Construction commenced on 13 June 2023, and is expected to take up to 8 weeks, subject to weather conditions.

Works will commence from the southern end near the Lawrence Street intersection, and progress north towards the Park Street intersection.

We appreciate the community’s understanding while we carry out this critical work to improve walking and bike riding options for all.

Project history

In 2021 we engaged with the community on a cycleway between Lawrence Street, Freshwater and Bennett Street, Curl Curl to improve connections within the cycling network. Three options were presented for consideration and we are proceeding with option 1B. This design was approved at the Local Traffic Committee held on 5 April 2022.

Council has commenced preliminary linemarking works for the Oliver Street cycleway network between Lawrence Street to Robert Street, Freshwater.

Future works will commence early January 2023 and will consist of a shared user path and on-road cycleway network, including improved pedestrian facilities at key intersections.

Following conversations with the community, we have undertaken a Road Safety Audit on the civil design that supports the construction of the cycleway.

During August and September 2021 we asked for comments in relation to a shared path proposal. The concept plan for a new (2.5m wide) shared path along Oliver Street in Freshwater, and Bennett Street and Park Street in Curl Curl was open for comment between 23 August and 19 September 2021 and received 317 comments.

Feedback during that consultation strongly reflected community support for improving walking and cycling connections along the proposed route, however suggested we consider a separated cycleway. View the engagement outcomes from the first stage of engagement here.

Following community input we exhibited alternative design options for connections on the eastern side of Oliver Street, Freshwater. These were open for comment between 17 November and 15 December 2021. We received 681 comments with feedback indicating a high level of support for an improved cycle connection between Curl Curl and Freshwater.

Response on the best option was mixed. Over half the respondents supported either a separated cycleway, separated cycleway narrowed to retain parking, or shared path. Feedback also reflected a quarter of respondents did not support any proposal. Detailed feedback and outcomes from this second round of engagement are available in the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report.

At the Northern Beaches Local Traffic Committee meeting held on Tuesday 5 April 2022, the committee supported the:

A. Installation the hybrid design of sections of shared user path and separated cycleway along the eastern side of Oliver Street between Freshwater Village and Brighton Street and then onto Park Street on the northern side of Bennett Street

B. Installation of a cycleway priority crossing at the following locations:

a. Shared pedestrian/cycle crossing in Lawrence Street near Dowling Street, Freshwater

b. Shared pedestrian/cycle crossing in Soldiers Avenue

c. Shared pedestrian/cycle crossing in Wyndora Avenue near Jacka Park

d. Shared pedestrian/cycle crossing in Wyuna Avenue

e. Shared pedestrian/cycle crossing in Brighton Street and then across Oliver Street

f. Shared pedestrian/cycle crossing in Bennett Street

C. The installation of the Safe Street zone treatments in Park Street to facilitate the required self-enforcing speed zone requirement for a 20km/h

Read the report and minutes (Item 4.22).

This project will be funded through the Federal Stimulus - School Infrastructure Program.

Alternative design options showing two potential cycleway options on the eastern side of Oliver Street to improve connectivity to Freshwater Village, St John the Baptist School and Church, Harbord Public School and surrounding business.

The exhibited concept plans can be viewed here.

View the options comparison table here.

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    This project is in line with our Move Northern Beaches Transport Strategy and the Northern Beaches Bike Plan.

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