Sharing is Caring! New path new open along Warringah Road at Frenchs Forest

6 April 2018

With the concrete laid and the shovels put away, the Northern Beaches community is now invited to enjoy a new shared path on the southern side of Warringah Road at Frenchs Forest which has been delivered as part of the Northern Beaches Hospital Road upgrade.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the new shared path rounds off a trifecta of pedestrian and cyclist connectivity projects delivered since May last year.

“It’s great to be able to celebrate enhanced pedestrians and cyclist connectivity within the local area with the delivery of a new shared path and two pedestrian bridges across Warringah Road,” the spokesperson said.

“The new shared path between Hilmer Street and Fitzpatrick Avenue East, which interconnects important elements of the Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrade project, can now be enjoyed by the community.

“The shared path and pedestrian and cyclist bridges have been designed and located to maximise connectivity, optimise safety for a range of users and minimise visual intrusion on the local residents.”

The spokesperson said Roads and Maritime has received great feedback from the community, particularly from Karingal Crescent residents who have direct access to the new path.

“The pathway maintains direct access through to Karrigal Crescent, connects with the westbound bus stop west of Hilmer Street and will provide future connectivity to the new hospital,”.

“Roads and Maritime has worked closely with members of the Rotary Club of Frenchs Forest who recently planted a tree along the path to commemorate a program of work carried out by the club in 1971 which ‘Put the trees back in the Forest’.

“The local Rotary Club is also collaborating with Roads and Maritime and Northern Beaches Hospital to ‘adopt the pathway’ and carry out regular working bees to maintain the visual amenity of the shared path.

“The landscaping along the shared path incorporates the local forest fauna into its landscape setting with Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora trees used along the path to add to the legacy of the local Frenchs Forest landscape.”

The spokesperson said the shared path is expected to be used regularly by residents, business employees, hospital patrons and school students as they go about their daily activities.

“The opening of the path will result in a number of safety benefits as well as improved access to the new hospital and local schools, churches and child care centres in the area,” the spokesperson said.

“With more than 230 workers on site at any given time, the NSW Government is getting on with the job of providing new and improved roads for the community to cater for the new hospital.

“A significant volume of work is being carried out around the new Northern Beaches Hospital and the upgrades will provide road users and pedestrians with a safer and better travel experience once complete.”

For more information about the Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrade visit rms.nsw.gov.au/nbh.

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