Stewart Avenue, Parkway Avenue and Kemp Street – safety upgrades

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

Updates and announcements

Work will start on Wednesday 3 January 2018, weather permitting. We will be working between 7am and 5pm from Monday to Friday and expect to complete the project in three weeks, weather permitting.

There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe and to allow the work to be carried out during the day.

Parkway Avenue (westbound) between National Park Street and Stewart Avenue will be closed during the day from Wednesday 3 January. The closure will be in place during working hours for up to three weeks, weather permitting.

Motorists travelling west on Parkway Avenue will be directed to detour via Union Street or Darby Street to Glebe Road or Darby Street to King Street. Electronic message signs will be in place to direct motorists.

Outside day work hours Parkway Avenue will be open to all traffic.

Intermittent partial closures of Kemp Street near the Stewart Avenue intersection will be required for up to four days during January, weather permitting. Signage and traffic controllers will be in place to direct motorists.

For more information please download the December 2017 project notification (PDF, 635Kb).

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:

  • Building a right turn lane on on Parkway Avenue for westbound motorists turning onto Stewart Avenue and, 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 (east) to permanently ban right turn and through movements into and out of the eastern side of Kemp Street. This will extend the existing right turn ban that applies during weekday morning peak.
  • There will be no changes to parking on Parkway Avenue or Stewart Avenue.

A copy of the design is available in the December 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 project, they have been avoided or minimised wherever possible through design and site specific safeguards. The investigations found that the project 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 or the Submissions report, which summarises the comments received from the community, responses and details of the decision.

Next steps

Upcoming activities include:

  • Start construction Wednesday 3 January 2018, weather permitting.

Documents

Project update

December 2017

Review of Environmental Factors Submissions Report

December 2017

Community consultation report

September 2017

Review of Environmental Factors

September 2017

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