Frequently asked questions

Traffic changes

Frenchs Forest Road and Naree Road

  • Naree Road and Frenchs Forest Road is scheduled to reopen to two-way traffic from 5am on Saturday 14 July. Work will take place from 8pm on Friday 13 July to prepare for the reopening.
  • The traffic arrangements will be:

    • Forest Way between Warringah Road and Adams Street will be in a temporary arrangement of two lanes northbound and three lanes southbound. A right turn lane will be available for Forest Way northbound traffic turning right into Naree Road eastbound
    • Naree Road and Frenchs Forest Road between Forest Way and east of Sylvia Place will be in a temporary arrangement of one lane in each direction
    • Frenchs Forest Road between Bluegum Crescent West and east of Inverness Avenue will have two lanes operating in each direction
    • Frenchs Forest Road between east of Inverness Avenue and Warringah Road will be in a temporary arrangement of one lane in each direction.

    Traffic lights will operate from Saturday 14 July at the following locations:

    • Naree Road and Forest Way intersection (new)
    • Bluegum Crescent and Frenchs Forest Road West intersection (new)
    • Gladys Avenue and Frenchs Forest Road West intersection (new)
    • Wakehurst Parkway and Frenchs Forest Road intersection (modified)
    • Romford Road and Frenchs Forest Road East intersection (new)
    • Allambie Road / Patanga Road / Frenchs Forest Road East intersection (new)

    There are two remaining locations where we are continuing work to install traffic lights. The traffic lights will operate at the Rabbett Street and Naree Road intersection from mid-August. Traffic lights at the Frenchs Forest Road East and Warringah Road intersection will be complete in time for the hospital opening.

  • In May and June 2018 there was a large amount of heavy rainfall which impacted the work schedule and will delay opening some parts of the road. Heavy rain can cause delays as we have to reschedule work, wait for the area to dry before continuing, and in some cases rectify any damage done.
  • We will progressively open the remaining sections of road to two lanes in each direction as they are completed. We expect the road will be fully open to two lanes in August, weather permitting.
  • Yes, Frenchs Forest Road, Naree Road and Forest Way between Rabbett Street and Adams Street will be in their final arrangement in time for the hospital opening later this year.
  • Yes. There will be a new right turn bay from Forest Way northbound to Naree Road eastbound. This turn will be controlled by traffic lights.

    A new right turn will also be available from Naree Road westbound onto Forest Way northbound.

  • Yes. There will be a right turn bay from Wakehurst Parkway southbound to Frenchs Forest Road West westbound. This turn will be controlled by traffic lights.
  • Traffic conditions will vary in the area in the days and weeks after the road reopens, as motorists get used to the new traffic arrangements and test out different options to find their best route.

    Roads such as Wakehurst Parkway, Warringah Road and Forest Way may see congestion at different times and locations to normal, as the network adjusts to the changes. Roads and Maritime Services and the Transport Management Centre will monitor the traffic and make adjustments where possible to help with traffic flow.

    Motorists are encouraged to allow extra travel time, particularly during AM and PM peaks, and to drive with care as new turn lanes, traffic lights and crossings will be operating.

    A reduced speed limit will remain in place on Frenchs Forest Road and Naree Road while construction continues.

  • In the sections of road that are opened to dual lanes, restricted parking will be permitted in some areas outside of the AM and PM peaks. Within the construction zone no parking will be permitted. Naree Road and Frenchs Forest Road West (in front of the Northern Beaches Hospital) will be a clearway in the final arrangement and no stopping or parking will be permitted.

    Please check all signs before parking.

  • Lane closures will be required along Frenchs Forest Road, Naree Road and Forest Way while we continue our work. There won’t be any lane closures in place during peak periods
  • The temporary car park, next to the Skyline Shops on the northern side of Frenchs Forest Road East, will continue to be in place until October 2018. From October the final parking spaces will be available on the southern side of Frenchs Forest Road, next to KFC.
  • Night work will be required when work will impact traffic flow or when working at an intersection. Advanced notification will be sent out before any night work.
  • We are committed to minimising the impact of construction and will continue to keep the community informed as the project progresses. For more information or to report any concerns, please contact our delivery partner, Ferrovial York Joint Venture.

Warringah Road

  • Construction reaches peak activity between May and July 2018 and there are lots of changes ahead. The next stage of the project will see major traffic changes in Frenchs Forest from May 2018 as we move into more extensive work on the Warringah Road upgrade.

    These changes will be implemented in a number of phases to allow construction of three bridges and the Warringah Road underpass, all while allowing continued use of the roads.

    Key activities include:

    • Warringah road traffic shift

    The three new westbound lanes on Warringah Road are nearly ready for traffic. These new lanes have been built on the southern side of Warringah Road and will take traffic towards the city.

    The Warringah Road traffic shift involves two key changes, each taking place over a weekend:

    • Part 1: Westbound traffic change weekend of 25 May to 27 May 2018

    From Friday 25 May evening we will begin work to move traffic onto three new westbound lanes on Warringah Road.

    This will involve:

    • Traffic signals being turned off on Friday and Saturday nights at the intersections of Wakehurst Parkway, Hilmer Street and Forest Way. Police will attend and control traffic while the traffic signals are turned off. Please use caution when travelling through the intersection and follow police directions.
    • Reduced lane capacity on Warringah Road.
    • Expected delays for right turn from Warringah Road onto Forest Way while asphalt work is completed.
    • Changed conditions for traffic turning right at Forest Way. From 6pm on Saturday 26 May the right turn from Forest Way to Warringah Road westbound (towards city) will be temporarily closed and a detour will be in place. Buses will be permitted to continue to turn right from Forest Way to Warringah Road.

    The switch will be complete on Sunday morning (weather permitting).

    Motorists should expect delays while this work is completed and we urge motorists to use caution and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signage when driving through the area.

    • Part 2: Eastbound traffic change June 2018
      In June 2018, eastbound traffic will temporarily shift onto the old westbound traffic lanes for about four months, weather permitting. This will make room to safely rebuild the eastbound lanes of Warringah Road in preparation for the opening of the Northern Beaches Hospital.

    When the eastbound lanes are complete in late 2018, eastbound traffic will move back to the northern side of Warringah Road, and we will ramp up excavation of the underpass in the centre of the roadway.

    The construction of the Warringah Road underpass has already started and there will be further traffic changes along Warringah Road.

  • The traffic changes will allow us to continue upgrading Warringah Road between Rodborough Road and Fitzpatrick Avenue East all while allowing continued use of the roads.

    By moving traffic off the existing eastbound lanes (hospital side), this will allow us to:

    • reconstruct the eastbound lanes
    • complete the hospital access (drainage, kerb and gutter, pavement, line marking, traffic signals and landscaping)
    • continue construction of the Hilmer Street underpass adjoining the hospital access in time for the hospital opening.
  • The project is currently at peak activity, and construction work will continue through the year. Traffic delays and impacts to journey times will continue. We appreciate the support of residents and road users during this period. We’re asking people who travel through the area every day to:

    • travel outside peak periods where possible
    • consider using alternative routes such as Mona Vale Road or Pittwater Road
    • use a real-time road app to help find the best route based on live traffic data
    • consider public transport options.

    Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW app.

  • Traffic will be diverted onto the new westbound lanes from May 2018. Motorists and the community will receive regular updates about the ongoing traffic changes during this time.

  • We have been building the westbound lanes (Northern Beaches to city), shared use pedestrian and cyclist paths and have started the construction of the Warringah Road underpass. We have also completed two new shared use pedestrian and cyclist bridges and demolished the old ‘Rainbow Bridge’ at Forest Way.

    The upgrade of Warringah Road and building the underpass is taking place in a complex and live traffic environment. The work is carefully planned to maintain traffic flow in both directions on Warringah Road with as little impact as possible to traffic and the community.

  • The number of through lanes on Warringah Road will not change. However, the number of lanes available to turn right into Forest Way will reduce from three to two for the duration of the work. At completion of the project, the right turn from Warringah Road to Forest Way will have three lanes. We are making every effort to schedule work so that the roads retain the maximum lane capacity possible at all times.

  • Road users should expect heavy traffic and extensive delays to the road network in the Frenchs Forest area. Road congestion in the area will be particularly worse during AM and PM peaks on weekdays, and also on Saturdays.

    It is important to note that we are carrying out a significant infrastructure upgrade in a high traffic volume location, with about 140,000 vehicles passing through the area every day.

    We encourage motorists to use alternative routes; avoid the area if possible during peak periods, allow extra travel time, and to plan their journey. For the latest traffic updates, please call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the LiveTraffic NSW app.

    We sincerely appreciate the support of residents and road users during this period.

  • As with any major change, it may take some time for motorists to become familiar with the new arrangements. We will continue to proactively monitor the road network to manage these changes as much as possible.

    Road users should expect heavy traffic in the Frenchs Forest area, particularly for motorists turning right from Warringah Road to Forest Way due to a reduction of the three right turning lanes to two at this intersection.

    Traffic will be heaviest during AM and PM peaks on weekdays, and also on Saturdays.

    Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW app.

  • Roads and Maritime is working closely with key stakeholders, including emergency services to plan ahead and to ensure that access to and operation of the new hospital will not be affected by construction. This includes regular liaison with local emergency services.

  • Roads and Maritime have been working with Transport for NSW on traffic measures that can be implemented in the area to reduce delays. Planned activities include:

    • coordinating work at Frenchs Forest Road and Naree Road so that two way traffic can be reinstated in July 2018.
    • arranging onsite incident response during peak periods
    • increasing NSW Police Force presence in the area, including officers from the Motorcycle Response Team
    • extended clearways on Warringah Road
    • additional CCTV cameras to improve coverage and enable better visibility of the network and allow more dynamic monitoring of the road network and improve incident response
    • ongoing monitoring of traffic light phasing to reflect changing traffic patterns throughout the surrounding network
    • removal of the speed hump and median island in Adams Street to improve intersection efficiency at Forest Way.

    Even with these measures in place we are still expecting heavy traffic and delays, particularly during AM and PM peaks and on Saturdays. Motorists are encouraged to allow extra travel time, travel outside the peaks where possible and consider alternative routes like Pittwater Road and Mona Vale Road.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding while we carry out this important work.

    Congestion is expected to improve after July 2018 when Frenchs Forest Road East and West and Naree Road are re-opened for two way traffic. Conditions will ease further when the right turn from Naree Road to Forest Way northbound is open in late October 2018.

  • Further changes to traffic conditions on Warringah Road will be required for progressing construction of the Warringah Road underpass and three new Warringah Road bridges. This will be staged and the community will be notified in advance.

  • Residents, motorists and businesses will be notified about traffic changes via electronic message boards, letter box drops, emails, radio traffic updates, newspaper advertisements and social media to encourage local motorists to plan their journeys ahead and allow for extra travel time. The project website has also been updated to include new information, and visual tools to communicate construction work taking place.

    For more information, residents can also visit the Community Information Centre located at the corner of Warringah Road and Wakehurst Parkway. Information about the project is available to view and members of the project team are available to answer questions. The centre is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and visitor parking is available on site. Disabled access is provided.

  • The work will not impact operation of the new hospital as the main entrance is from Frenchs Forest Road. While construction will take place on Warringah Road, access will be maintained at all times and we are making every effort to schedule work so that the roads retain the maximum lane capacity possible at all times.
  • No. Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained at all times, although minor temporary detours may be in place. Where detours are required, signage and notifications will be provided to assist with these temporary changes.

  • Bus routes in the area will continue to operate as normal. Existing stops on Warringah Road will be shifted to align with the new lanes.

    During construction, some bus stops need to be temporarily relocated or closed. These changes will continue to be communicated to the community via notification letters and signs posted at the bus stops. These changes and modifications are approved by Transport for NSW. The project team consults regularly with transport providers, local Council and other stakeholders on any bus and transport changes. We encourage commuters to plan their journey ahead at transportnsw.info.

Wakehurst Parkway

  • Weekend work on Wakehurst Parkway

    Roads and Maritime Services will implement a number of traffic changes at the Warringah Road and Wakehurst Parkway intersection over two consecutive weekends. These changes are necessary to prepare for the next stage of road construction on Warringah Road.

    Weekend 1: Friday 11 May to Sunday 13 May - Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Road intersection lane reductions

    • Roads and Maritime will reduce Wakehurst Parkway to one lane in each direction at the Warringah Road intersection from 8pm on Friday 11 May to 8am on Sunday 13 May, weather permitting.
    • Traffic conditions will change at the Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Road intersection from Friday 11 May evening to Saturday 26 May evening. There will be reduced lane capacity for Wakehurst Parkway traffic turning left onto Warringah Road. Longer travel time for northbound motorists on Wakehurst Parkway is expected.
    • From Saturday 12 May evening, road users travelling west (towards the city) on Warringah Road wanting to turn left onto Wakehurst Parkway south will need to be in the left hand lane from Rodborough Road onwards in order to use the new left turn slip lane.

    Weekend 2: Friday 18 May to Monday 21 May - Full closure of Wakehurst Parkway between Seaforth and Narrabeen

    Roads and Maritime will close Wakehurst Parkway north and south of Warringah Road to carry out to important work at this intersection. The closures will take place from 10pm on Friday 18 May to 5am on Monday 21 May, weather permitting.

    Closure of Wakehurst Parkway north of Warringah Road to Narrabeen

    Wakehurst Parkway north of Warringah Road will be closed at Pittwater Road, Narrabeen with access maintained for local traffic heading to and from North Narrabeen, Oxford Falls and Frenchs Forest.

    Closure of Wakehurst Parkway south of Warringah Road to Seaforth

    Wakehurst Parkway south of Warringah Road will be closed from Judith Street, Seaforth.

    Please plan your journey ahead and allow additional travel time.

  • To prepare for the next stage of road construction on Warringah Road, a series of traffic changes at the Warringah Road and Wakehurst Parkway intersection are required.

    The weekend closure of Wakehurst Parkway from Pittwater Road, Narrabeen to Judith Street, Seaforth from 10pm on Friday 18 May to 5am on Monday 21 May will allow us to complete essential work on the new westbound lanes on Warringah Road.

  • During the closure of Wakehurst Parkway, motorists are advised to use Warringah Road, Forest Way, Pittwater Road, Mona Vale Road or the Pacific Highway as alternatives. These routes are suitable for heavy vehicles.

    There will be temporary traffic changes and detours to ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and workers. Electronic message signs, temporary signage and traffic controllers will alert road users to these temporary changes and detours when they are in place. Road users will be required to use alternative routes via Pittwater Road and Warringah Road.

    Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, contact 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

    Buses will not run via Wakehurst Parkway, visit transportnsw.info or call 131 500 for details.

    Please view or download the May 2018 community update for a detour map.

  • Detours will be in place and delays are expected. During the Wakehurst Parkway closure, motorists are advised to use Warringah Road, Forest Way, Pittwater Road, Mona Vale Road or the Pacific Highway as alternatives. These routes are suitable for heavy vehicles.

    Buses will not run via Wakehurst Parkway, visit transportnsw.info or call 131 500 for details.

    Please view or download the May 2018 community update for a detour map.

  • Buses will still run via Wakehurst Parkway. However detours will be in place in Frenchs Forest and some services may experience delays. visit transportnsw.info or call 131 500 to plan your trip.

Fitzpatrick Avenue East intersection changes

  • Roads and Maritime Services are upgrading the intersection of Fitzpatrick Avenue East and Warringah Road as part of the Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrade project.

    To allow for the intersection to be upgraded access in and out of Fitzpatrick Avenue East is temporarily closed for up to eight weeks starting from Monday night 30 October (weather permitting).

    When the work is complete, the left turn in and left turn out will be reinstated allowing access to and from Fitzpatrick Avenue East onto Warringah Road.

  • Work includes:

    • installing temporary footpaths while the existing concrete kerbs, gutters and footpaths are being removed
    • disposing of the old concrete kerbs, gutters and footpath
    • installing new stormwater drainage lines
    • milling existing asphalt and excavating to the new pavement depth
    • constructing new pavement
    • installing new concrete kerbs, gutters and footpaths.
  • This work is complex and requires significant preparation to ensure it is completed safely and complies with relevant standards.

    The work will involve the use of heavy machinery and will be noisy. As a result, the work will take place mostly during standard daytime hours between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday.

  • There will be some night work required during the eight weeks. The project is strictly regulated by an Environment Protection Licence (EPL) and our Conditions of Approval, which instruct the project can only work at night for a maximum of three nights per week for high noise activities, to ensure local residents are given respite from the noise.
  • No. All access at this intersection is closed during the work.

    Motorists can access Fitzpatrick Avenue East from either Hilmer Street which has reopened to two-way traffic and is a full signalised intersection, or use Currie Road when travelling westbound along Warringah Road.

  • As per current arrangements, motorists can make a left turn out of Hilmer Street into Warringah Road, then a right turn at Forest Way and a left turn at Russell Avenue.

    You could also consider parking on the southern side of the new ForestWay pedestrian bridge near Akora Street or Karingal Crescent and walking across the bridge directly to the school.

  • As per current arrangements,motorists cannot turn right into Fitzpatrick Avenue East when travelling in an eastbound direction. Motorists would have the choice of turning right at Maxwell Parade and then left onto Parni Place or turning right into Hilmer Street.
  • Local streets are not designed to carry the volume of cars which main roads such as Warringah Road carry every day. The restrictions that are placed on these roads are to ensure they are used by local residents and do not become rat runs which poses risks to pedestrians and motorists.

    Additionally, vehicles using these roads as rat runs to avoid congestion on the main roads, will eventually try to find their way back on the main roads at key intersections further south such as Brown Street and Currie Road and Starkey and Ferguson streets. This would then affect the amount of green time allocated to Warringah Road resulting in even longer delays.

  • Local residents will be able to continue to turn right fromWarringah Road into Hilmer Street and then into Fitzpatrick Avenue East. Or they can turn left into Maxwell Parade.
  • The detour volumes are not high enough to require the removal of on street parking at this location. There is also anecdotal evidence cars travel slower down streets with on street parking therefore making the local streets safer during this closure period.
  • Speed reductions are currently in place and are being enforced along Warringah Road. Electronic message boards show road condition changes.

    Motorists can get the latest traffic updates by contacting 132 701, visiting livetraffic.com or downloading the Live Traffic NSW App.

  • Yes. Emergency access will be maintained at all times.
  • No. Pedestrian access will remain unchanged.

    Please note, as per current arrangements, motorists are unable to turn right into Fitzpatrick Avenue East when travelling in an eastbound direction.

Warringah / Allambie roads intersection changes

  • Roads and Maritime Services will close the kerbside lane on Warringah Road eastbound between Rodborough Road and Allambie Road. The community will be notified before this work takes place.

    Changed line marking on Warringah Road will maintain two lanes of through traffic.

    Delays are expected for right turning eastbound traffic on Warringah Road during this work.

  • Roads and Maritime Services are upgrading the Warringah/Allambie roads intersection as it will be a key access point to the new Northern Beaches Hospital.

    Work will include removing old power poles, completing drainage work, widening and resurfacing the road, installing the new pedestrian footpath and landscaping.

    This is the first of a number of stages of work at this intersection.

    Work will be ongoing and the community will be notified ahead of activities taking place.

  • This is first of a number of stages required to upgrade the intersection. Further traffic changes will be required to progress the work.

    We will issue further notifications to keep you informed.

  • Traffic modelling shows that there will be extensive delays impacting right turning traffic.

    We advise motorists to allow plenty of additional travel time to complete your journey.

    The Transport Management Centre will monitor the intersection and make adjustments to the traffic signals as conditions require.

  • There may be some impact to motorists heading to and from the beach along Warringah Road.

    We strongly encourage beachgoers to travel via Warringah Road and avoid using Allambie Road.

    We advise motorists to allow plenty of additional travel time to complete your journey.

  • Parking is not currently allowed where the traffic change is occurring. Traffic control will be in place to ensure the safety of workers, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Hilmer Street intersection changes

  • The project team has investigated this option. However, substantial work is occurring in this area, including trenching work for utilities, drainage work and earth work for the new Warringah Road westbound lanes. As a result, Bantry Bay Road cannot be opened until this work is complete.
  • As per current arrangements, motorists can make a left turn out of Hilmer Street into Warringah Road, then a right turn at Forest Way and a left turn at Russell Avenue.

    You could also consider parking on the southern side of the new Forest Way pedestrian bridge near Akora Street or Karingal Crescent and walking across the bridge directly to the school.

  • The number of vehicles currently turning into Hilmer Street is low. Our modelling shows the increase in vehicles using Parni Place will be minimal.
  • Local streets are not designed to carry the volume of cars which main roads such as Warringah Road carry every day. The restrictions placed on these roads are to ensure they are used by local residents and do not become rat runs which poses risks to pedestrians and motorists.

    Additionally, vehicles using these roads as rat runs to avoid congestion on the main roads, will eventually try to find their way back on the main roads at key intersections further south such as Brown Street and Currie Road and Starkey and Ferguson streets. This would then affect the amount of green time allocated to Warringah Road resulting in even longer delays.

  • The safest route is to travel northbound along Grace Avenue, turn right at Prince Charles Road, and right into Adams Street, then turn right at the signalised intersection into Forest Way to travel southbound.
  • We strongly discourage motorists from turning left into Fitzpatrick Avenue East when travelling westbound following a right turn from Forest Way. This movement requires crossing three lanes of traffic in a relatively short distance and the safest option would be to continue westbound and turn left into Maxwell Parade.
  • Speed reductions are currently in place and are being enforced along Warringah Road. Electronic message boards show road condition changes. Motorists can get the latest traffic updates by contacting 132 701, visiting livetraffic.com or downloading the Live Traffic NSW App.

Traffic and transport - General

  • Once the work is completed, there will be an additional four lanes, increasing capacity for east-west traffic along Warringah Road. All existing lanes will be retained and there will be two new eastbound and two new westbound lanes.
  • Roads and Maritime is addressing parking issues in the area through the Traffic and Access Management Plan. We have consulted with businesses in the area and provided additional parking spaces at the Skyline Shops, The Forest High School, and additional parking on the northern side of Frenchs Forest Road West during off-peak periods.

    If the hospital is acting as a catalyst for change and people are parking on the side streets because of the cost of the parking, the hospital will need to address this issue in conjunction with local Council.

  • Parking is provided for workers at the construction site compound located at the north eastern corner of Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Road.
  • Changes to bus services to the hospital precinct will introduce two suburban bus routes shown in Sydney’s Bus Future. The aim is for customers to wait less than 15 minutes for weekday suburban bus services to the hospital precinct on routes connecting Manly to Chatswood via Dee Why and Frenchs Forest and Belrose to the Sydney CBD via Eastern Valley Way.
  • During construction, some bus stops need to be temporarily relocated or closed. These changes have and will continue to be communicated to the community via notification letters and signs posted at the bus stops. These changes and modifications are approved by Transport for NSW. The project team consults regularly with transport providers, local Council and other stakeholders on these bus and transport changes.
  • Maxwell Parade is outside the project boundary and no major modifications are planned for this intersection. Upon completion of the project, it is anticipated all movements currently available at Maxwell Parade intersection would be maintained, provided public safety is not compromised.

General project questions

  • The NSW Government is upgrading roads around the new Northern Beaches Hospital with work to be completed in time for the hospital opening. The road upgrade includes road widening along Frenchs Forest Road, providing access to the new hospital, intersection improvements with bus priority measures, grade separation on Warringah Road at Forest Way, Hilmer Street and Wakehurst Parkway, new pedestrian bridges and bus stop upgrades.
  • The road upgrade will be completed in two stages. Stage one began in December 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2018. Stage two began in early 2017 and is expected to be completed in late 2019.
  • The roads surrounding the new hospital experience heavy congestion and queuing at peak times. Significant upgrades to surrounding roads and bus services are needed for the hospital precinct road network to operate effectively.
  • Ferrovial York Joint Venture has been engaged to deliver the project.
  • The road upgrade will:

    • Provide road users with a better travel experience
    • Increase the capacity of the road network to address current and future congestion
    • Improve access and connectivity throughout the area for all road users including motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • This package was announced as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the Northern Beaches Transport Action Plan, released in June 2014.
  • Please refer to the Environmental Impact Statements for Stages 1 and 2 for the different options considered for the project.

  • The road upgrade will cater for all existing movements currently on Warringah Road and will also provide four additional through lanes. This includes two additional through lanes heading east and two through lanes heading west. At its widest point, Warringah Road will have up to 13 lanes.
  • Roads and Maritime appreciates community feedback and is grateful for the ongoing patience of residents and motorists. On a construction site of this scale and complexity, there are numerous workers doing a variety of things which need to be completed in a particular order.

    Some workers might be observed acting as spotters to ensure safety while heavy vehicles are in use or traffic controllers to ensure pedestrians and motorists can navigate through a work site safely. At other times workers are waiting for plant equipment or materials to arrive, for example concrete trucks. Additionally, workers are entitled to take their rest breaks at coordinated times during the day as their work is labour intensive. This is usually done on site.

  • Parking for all subcontractors and staff is available in a designated area off local roads through a lease arrangement with a private company. There is also limited parking available at the project site office. Workers are reminded daily to use the parking provided.

    Plant operators are also regularly reminded about not using local streets to move through the area unless they are working on that local street.

    Site supervisors for both the contractor and Roads and Maritime inspect the project areas daily to ensure plant operators are using approved travel routes and that staff do not park on local streets.

  • Roads and Maritime and the Ferrovial York Joint Venture acknowledge that the network enhancement work will continue beyond 2018.

    The project has encountered significant delays due to complexities around utilities and traffic. Unique challenges are also encountered on projects in heavily populated urbanised areas. Construction hours are often limited due to operational traffic and limitations on noisy work.

    Our work involves not only upgrading the roads but also relocating, upgrading and modernising aged utilities and services infrastructure.

    However, Stage 1 road work, to provide key connectivity and traffic capacity around the hospital, is on track in time for its opening later this year and Stage 2 is due for completion in 2020.

    The project is high priority and Roads and Maritime is continuing to work closely with key stakeholders, suppliers and sub-contractors to ensure that the project continues to advance.

  • The electricity cables are unable to be placed underground as there is high pressure gas main along Frenchs Forest Road and it conflicts with the installation of electricity supply along with several other major utility services such as drainage, sewer and telecommunications.

Construction

  • Yes. Some of the work will be outside of standard hours of work. The community will be informed before any night work is carried out. Night work is necessary to minimise the impact on the wider road network.
  • Ferrovial York Joint Venture has prepared a Noise and Vibration Construction Management Plan. Noisy equipment and machinery causing vibration will be operated as far from residents and businesses as possible and vibration will be monitored if it is occurring close to buildings. During night work, additional mitigation measures may include using flexible noise shields to dampen noise, where possible, and working in shifts so residents are not affected for more than three consecutive nights per week. The affected community will be informed at least five days before the start of any night work.
  • Any activity likely to impact traffic flows is considered a ‘road occupancy’ and requires a licence issued by the Transport Management Centre. The Road Occupancy Licence (ROL) allows the road to be used and sets out the conditions and approved times for the road occupancy.
  • To prepare for the road upgrade, a number of services throughout the project will need to be relocated. This includes electricity, water, sewer, gas and telecommunications. The project team is working closely with utility and service providers to carry out this work. The work to relocate services involves establishing traffic controls, clearing trees and vegetation, excavating trenches and services pits, boring holes, installing new conduits, pipes, poles and cables, and then transferring services to new infrastructure. There will be some minor interruption to services during cutovers. Affected residents will be notified before any interruptions.
  • Roads and Maritime has investigated the possibility of relocating power lines underground along Frenchs Forest Road West and Naree Road. However, due to the presence of High Pressure gas mains running underground on both sides of the road, new underground electrical power lines would need to be placed at a safe distance from the gas mains for safety reasons. This would place them outside the construction area, and would require the acquisition of land from property owners.

Pedestrians and cyclists

  • The project will include new shared bridges (pedestrian and cyclist):

    • Across Warringah Road west of the intersection of Forest Way (removal and replacement of the existing pedestrian bridge)
    • Across Warringah Road on the western side of the intersection with Hilmer Street

    In addition, the road upgrades will provide shared paths (pedestrian and cyclist) and footpaths on sections of Warringah Road, Wakehurst Parkway, Forest Way, Aquatic Drive and Allambie Road.

  • During construction, there will be some impact such as redirecting pedestrians and changing locations of crossings, however pedestrian access will be maintained at all times during the project.

Environment

  • The impacts of the project have been examined thoroughly in the Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) which provide details of expected impacts and outline measures to manage and mitigate these impacts. These impacts include environment, noise, vibration, biodiversity, land use, heritage, air quality, flora and fauna. These documents are available on the Roads and Maritime and the Department of Planning and Environment websites.
  • The project will result in the removal of trees and vegetation, including some Duffys Forest vegetation, which is an endangered ecological community. The removal of Duffys Forest is considered a significant impact because less than 16 per cent of the original area of Duffys Forest currently exists in the region.

    Strict environmental controls and processes are in place, as outlined in the EIS, Construction Environmental Management Plans, and the Conditions of Approval from the Department of Planning and Environment. Only those trees necessary for the road project are being removed.

    To offset the removal of vegetation, ‘Biodiversity offsets’ are proposed which could include measures like protection and conservation of an area of land with similar conservation value.

    Roads and Maritime is also exploring options for revegetation using local seeds sourced from within the area. Revegetation will be carried out within the construction zone and delivered progressively.

    Pre-clearance surveys are carried out by the Project Ecologist before any work. These surveys confirm the vegetation from an Ecological perspective on-site before clearance.

    A Construction Flora and Fauna Management Plan will be in place to ensure appropriate measures are in place to protect the environment during construction, including establishing exclusion zones and regular monitoring.

  • Trees are being removed along the southern side of Warringah Road. This area is road reserve and has been set aside in readiness for the road widening. The trees in this road reserve are not native to the area and were planted by the previous roads authority to provide temporary vegetation.

    Where possible, trees will be protected within the project zone and used as part of the final urban design and landscape plan.

    Strict environmental controls and processes are in place, as outlined in the Environmental Impact Statements, Construction Environmental Management Plans, and the Conditions of Approval from the Department of Planning. Only those trees necessary for the road project are being removed.

  • Roads and Maritime is exploring options for revegetation using local seeds sourced from within the area. Revegetation will be carried out within the construction zone and delivered progressively.

    To offset the removal of vegetation, the replanting program will include Indigenous vegetation, particularly Duffys Forest species. ‘Biodiversity offsets’ are also proposed which could include protection and conservation of an area of land with similar conservation value.

    As well as planting trees inside the project site, we will be engaging with property owners and encouraging the additional planting of trees at the front of private properties to further enhance the bush and forest landscape of the area.

  • A wide variety of native species are proposed, including Banksia, Gum trees, Eucalyptus, Bottle Brush, Wattle, Boronia, Grevillea, and many more.

    A full planting schedule can be found in the Urban Design and Landscape Plan.

  • Many species of fauna are found within the area, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. As part of the EIS, extensive studies have assessed the potential impact of the project on these fauna and outlined measures to avoid or minimise any impacts.

    During clearing an independent ecologist is on site to ensure no animals are harmed and any found are relocated to a safe habitat. The ecologist also identifies any hollow bearing trees and helps determine suitable locations for next boxes.

    To ensure fauna can safely access vegetation, rope bridges and fauna culverts will be included where appropriate, with input from ecological specialists.

    Fauna fencing would be used to minimise the possibility of vehicle strikes to ensure no animals are harmed and any found are relocated to a safe habitat.

Urban design and landscape plan

  • The final design of the road will be contained in the Urban Design and Landscape Plan (PDF, 86.5Mb). The Plan included designs for the underpass, pedestrian bridges and paths, landscaping and vegetation, noise wall, and road furniture (lighting, signage, shelters). Community feedback on the draft Plan closed on 23 June 2016. We thank the community for their comments, which are now being considered as part of the final UDLP.
  • Details of the design of the Warringah Road underpass will be contained in the final Urban Design and Landscape Plan. Community feedback on the draft Plan closed on 23 June 2016. We thank the community for their comments, which are now being considered as part of the final UDLP.
  • Placing the noise wall along the rear property boundary provides a superior urban design outcome by allowing the adjacent shared path and landscaping area to be in open view of all road users travelling along Warringah Road. Placing the noise wall close to the road would close in the shared path and landscaping area and create an unsafe and hostile environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • The shared footpath will be located between the noise wall and the road. The design of the shared pedestrian and cyclist path between the noise wall and the road must be safe. Users of these facilities must be visible and appropriate lighting will also be provided to ensure facilities and users are visible at night. By designing for crime prevention and carefully considering other important urban design requirements it will create an open and safe environment next to the roadway that also provides suitable noise mitigation for sensitive receivers.
  • The final design of the noise wall is in the final Urban Design and Landscape Plan. The wall ranges in height from 3 to 4 metres, depending on the location, with the top section made of an opaque plexiglass. The design was selected to reduce the visual bulk of the noise wall, minimise overshadowing into private properties, and reduce the structural weight of the noise wall.
  • Two different materials have been proposed for the noise wall panels. The first is a precast concrete panel and the second a Rotationally Moulded Plastic (RMP). Both these materials have been proposed for a variety of reasons, including to reduce the visual bulk of the noise wall, ease of installation and ongoing maintenance. A simple horizontal relief pattern will be provided on the public facing side. The proposed colour will be a recessive grey charcoal, providing a backdrop to the tree, shrub and ground cover planting located between the shared path and noise wall. A decision will be made regarding the final choice of materials after a thorough investigation. The top portion of the wall will be an opaque plexiglass with a frameless top, and include provision for an embedded horizontal frit to minimise possible bird strike. The opaque panels will be installed to minimise overshadowing into private backyard spaces and to reduce the structural weight of the noise wall.
  • A simple horizontal relief pattern will be provided on the public facing side of the noise wall to deter graffiti. The RMP panels are graffiti-resistant and do not require an additional treatment to be applied.
  • Construction of the noise wall is nearly complete.
  • The strip of land between the noise wall and private properties is part of the road reserve and should be treated in the same manner as the road reserve between a front boundary and the kerb and gutter. Property owners have the use and access to the strip, however it may be altered at any time by the authority responsible for the road reserve.
  • Roads and Maritime would not recommend any improvements be made on the strip of land. While property owners have use and access of the strip, it may be altered at any time by the authority responsible for the road reserve.

Community

  • Community feedback has been integral to the development of the Northern Beaches Hospital Road Upgrade Project.

    Engagement with the community, businesses and other stakeholders has been ongoing since March 2014.

    Environmental Impact Statements were placed on public display in 2014 and 2015, and the community were invited to provide submissions on the project. All feedback received was carefully considered and many changes to the project have occurred in response to community issues.

    In June 2016, community feedback was sought on the draft Urban Design and Landscaping Plan (UDLP). This feedback is being currently considered before finalising the UDLP.

    Engagement activities include door knocking, letterbox drops, email updates, community information sessions, meetings, work notifications, information on the Roads and Maritime website and one-on-one in person and telephone conversations with the community. The project team regularly meet with key stakeholders including Local Council, local schools, businesses, community groups and residents.

    The Community Information Centre has been established at the corner of Warringah Road and Wakehurst Parkway. Information about the project is available to view and members of the project team are available to answer questions. The site will be in place for the duration of the construction. The centre is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and visitor parking is available on site. Disabled access is provided.

  • Contact the Community Information team on 1800 014 307 or email nbhcommunity@ferrovialyork.com.au, and ask to be added to the distribution list.
  • Please contact the Community Information team on 1800 014 307 or email nbhcommunity@ferrovialyork.com.au.

Extended working hours

  • Ferrovial York Joint Venture (FYJV) consulted over 500 residents living along the length of Frenchs Forest Road and Naree Road as well as the side streets off Frenchs Forest Road, plus houses along Forest Way and side streets.

    Three attempts were made to contact residents via phone calls, emails and / or door-knocks, to obtain their feedback on this proposal.

  • The areas impacted by the construction noise were identified following a noise assessment prepared by an independent consultant and were overseen by FYJV’s environmental team. Information used to make the assessment included the type of construction activities to be carried out during the extension plus hours of work and the background noise levels. The noise assessment identified the properties to be impacted by construction noise and these properties were included in the consultation.
  • In order to receive approval to extend the working works, FYJV undertook a comprehensive community consultation and with a significantly positive response. FYJV prepared and submitted a report to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that demonstrated a significant majority of the community supported the additional hours. FYJV received approval from the EPA to proceed with the extended working hours.
  • The extended working hours are:
    • Monday to Friday staring at 6am *this is only for one activity (dropping binding material used for the stabilising work)
    • Saturday afternoons between 1pm and 6pm (enabling a full day’s work)
    • Sundays between 8am and 5pm.
    Saturday morning work from 8am to 1pm will continue as normal.
  • The extended hours of work provide more flexibility as well as:
    • Mitigating potential disruptions to construction work because of wet weather
    • Increasing work efficiency by using the available daylight on the weekends and times when the roads are quieter
    • Working full days on Saturday
    • Reducing the number of high noise activities occurring during night work along Frenchs Forest Road
  • The extended working hours will start immediately. The EPA has approved the work to start on 21 April until 30 June 2018, weather permitting, with an option for this to extend until 31 October 2018. Should FYJV extend the weekend working hours to October, a further notification will be distributed.
  • The additional weekend working hours may reduce the frequency of night work required. However, at some locations night works will still be required due to traffic restrictions and safety considerations. Examples of where / when night work will still occur are:

    • Along Wakehurst Parkway
    • Along Forest WayIntersections including:
      • Rabbett Street / Forest Way / Frenchs Forest Road West
      • Forest Way / Naree Road
      • Allambie Road / Warringah Road
      • Allambie Road / Frenchs Forest Road East
    • When Frenchs Forest Road will need to be closed to all traffic (for example: while laying the final layer of asphalt).
  • Work hours for the project were originally stipulated in the Environmental Protection License issued by the EPA and always included Saturday morning work. After a thorough community agreement process, FYJV has received approval from the EPA to carryout weekend work by extending working hours to include Saturday afternoons and Sundays.
  • Additional weekend work will allow the project to continue to advance to ensure FYJV remains on schedule to complete Stage 1 work along Frenchs Forest Road and Naree Road in time for the Hospital opening in October 2018.
  • We will complete the following work during the extended working hours:

    • drainage work
    • installing kerb and footpaths
    • removing asphalt
    • compacting and building the road base
    • landscaping.
  • Compaction work on site includes vibratory rolling techniques, which means there may be some vibration felt in the ground when near the works which you may feel in your home on occasions. However, even though the vibration may cause some discomfort for a short time, the risk of structural impacts on homes within the project site are very low. Please refer to the attached Vibration Fact Sheet for further information.
  • Frenchs Forest Road, Naree Road and Forest Way will be completed in time for the Hospital opening in October 2018. Warringah Road is anticipated to be complete in early 2020.
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