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May 2021

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail, an 8.4km multi-use trail circumnavigating the lagoon was completed in 2015. Since then, several sections of the trail have been identified as requiring an upgrade to ensure the safety of all users.

The section of path across the Pittwater Road Bridge has been identified as a bottleneck and safety hazard for cyclist and pedestrian users of the bridge.

Council has received funding from Transport for NSW’s B-Line project to improve pedestrian and cycle links along Pittwater Road. These funds will provide a 3m wide pedestrian and cycle bridge alongside the existing road bridge, eliminating the current pinch-point and increasing safety for users of the bridge and trail.


We have now completed the procurement process and are about to appoint a head contractor to deliver the project.

Council are currently working with the contractor to finalise detailed design plans.

Once finalised, we will have a clearer view of timing for construction commencement.

In 2018, Council engaged with the community on a proposal to build a new 3 meter wide pedestrian and cycle bridge alongside the existing road bridge.

The proposal was well-received by community who are eager to see improvements to pedestrian and cyclist safety along this well-known pinch point.

Based on feedback received during consultation, the revised design now includes:

  • Improvements to entry and exit points
  • Low-level lighting
  • Use of hardwood and stainless steels materials for handrails
  • Improved signage

Council will be commencing the tendering stage in September 2020.

Construction is expected to commence mid-2021

Revised plans can be viewed in the document library.

Council has been working to make adjustments to the funding arrangement which will allow the project to proceed.

It expected that the tender to construct the new pedestrian and cycle bridge will be released in July.

Construction is proposed to start later this year.

We have been working away on this project, carrying out investigations and further developing the design for the proposed multi-use bridge.

We can't release the concept design at this stage but we can tell you that we heard what you said during consultation and we have incorporated the key items that were raised.

We are extending the bridge and widening the footpath at the western end to ensure that there are no bottle necks created.

We are also making the bridge wide so there is enough room for multi-use

We will be planting more trees and re-establishing the sea grass.

Watch this space for more updates

The existing bridge along Pittwater Road, Narrabeen, was built in 1946. Due to the narrow width of the existing pedestrian path on the western side of the bridge, it is not suitable to be used as a shared path.

The existing road bridge has a limited lifespan and when it is upgraded it will be constructed to a higher flood level to comply with current bridge design standards (to the same level as the new pedestrian and cycle bridge).

We are not proposing to upgrade the existing road bridge as part of this project.

We are proposing to build a new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Pittwater Road, over Narrabeen Lagoon.

View concept designs below in the document library.

We are seeking your feedback on the aesthetic elements of the concept design.

How to be involved

  • Online (closed)
  • Write (marked 'Attention: Pittwater Road Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Narrabeen Lagoon') to Northern Beaches Council, PO BOX 82 Manly 1655.
  • Come along to one of the information drop-in sessions

Information Drop-In Sessions

Berry Reserve, Narrabeen (near the Pittwater Road bridge)

  • Thursday 2 August 10.30am - 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 8 August 2.00 - 4.30pm
  • Sunday 12 August 9.00am - 12.30pm
  • Sunday 26 August 9.30 - 11.00am

View drop-in site location

Comments close Sunday 2 September 2018

The proposed multi-use bridge will be a three metre wide pedestrian and cycle bridge located three metres to the west of the existing road bridge.

The piers of the new bridge will be aligned with those of the existing bridge to maintain navigational channels beneath the bridge.

During extreme storm events Pittwater Road Narrabeen is subject to flooding. To reduce the flood risk and to comply with current bridge design standards, the height of the new multi-use bridge will need to be elevated above the height of the existing bridge.