Sydney Harbor Bridge will soon be more accessible for all
31 July 2017
Planning to install lifts at Kirribilli and The Rocks has moved to the next stage after funding was accelerated to ensure everyone can experience the scenery from Australia’s most recognisable landmark.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government had fast tracked $5 million this financial year to finalise project planning and begin construction.
The lifts will make one of the world’s most iconic pieces of infrastructure more accessible for people with a disability, prams or people who have difficulty climbing stairs.
“With more than 3000 pedestrians making their way across the bridge each day, we want to make sure the bridge is open to everyone,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most well-known heritage structures in NSW and there are a number of considerations to take in to account when planning for complex projects such as this.
“We have to ensure heritage aspects of the bridge are preserved and Roads and Maritime Services will work closely with the community and stakeholders to deliver this essential upgrade.
“We know how important this vital project is to the community and funding is being prioritised to help fast track planning.”
Work to install the lifts will start mid next year and should be completed by the end of 2018.
Roads and Maritime will continue to work closely with the Office of Environment and Heritage, City of Sydney, North Sydney Council and the Physical Disability Council of NSW to get this project delivered and make this wonderful bridge more inclusive for all pedestrians.
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