Stewart Avenue, Parkway Avenue and Kemp Street – safety upgrades

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to carry out safety improvements work on Stewart Avenue at the Parkway Avenue and Kemp Street intersections to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes.

Updates and announcements

An environmental assessment has been carried out to assess the potential environmental and social impacts of the proposal and identify activities to reduce them.

Comments on the environmental assessment closed on Friday 13 October 2017. Roads and Maritime is considering the feedback received to finalise the proposal.

Project background

The NSW Government has provided $800,000 this financial year through the Safer Roads program to improve safety and reduce crashes at the Stewart Avenue intersections of Parkway Avenue and Kemp Street.

In the five year period between January 2011 and December 2015 there were 17 crashes at the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Parkway Avenue, including 10 injury crashes. The majority of crashes involved a vehicle traveling out of the eastern side of Parkway Avenue.

In the period between January 2011 and December 2015 there were seven crashes at the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Kemp Street, including four injury crashes. The majority of crashes involved motorists turning right in and right out of Kemp Street and rear end crashes.

Key features

The project will involve:

  • Providing a 45 metre right turn lane, which consists of 30 metre storage and 15 metre taper, on Parkway Avenue for westbound motorists turning onto Stewart Avenue, including adjusting the traffic lights to provide a right turn phase.

    The right turn lane and traffic light phasing would improve safety for motorists turning right.

    The mature trees on the median strip will not be removed as part of the work. Some lower branches on four trees closest to Stewart Avenue may need to be trimmed to shorten any overhanging branches and provide clear sight distance for motorists.

    An arborist will be on-site during work hours to monitor work carried out close to the trees
  • Installing a raised concrete median on Kemp Street to permanently ban right turn movements into and out of the eastern side of Kemp Street. Motorists will also no longer be able to drive straight through from the western side of Kemp Street into the eastern side of Kemp Street. Alternative access would be via the traffic lights at Parkway Avenue. This will reduce the risk of crashes by removing conflicting traffic movements
  • There will be no changes to parking on Parkway Avenue or Stewart Avenue.

A copy of the proposed design is available in the February 2017 project notification

Environmental assessment

An REF was prepared to identify the proposal’s potential environmental impacts. The assessment was carried out in consultation with a range of key stakeholders including technical specialists. It also considered feedback received from the community during the March 2017 consultation period.

While there would be some environmental impacts as a consequence of the proposal, they have been avoided or minimised wherever possible through design and site specific safeguards. The investigations found that the proposal would not significantly affect the environment or the community with the application of identified mitigation measures.

For more information please download the Review of Environmental Factors.

Next steps

Upcoming activities include:

  • Finalise the environmental assessment
  • Finalise the intersection design
  • Start construction in late 2017 or early 2018.

Documents

Community consultation report

September 2017

Review of Environmental Factors

September 2017

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