Northern Beaches Hospital road connectivity and network enhancement project

The NSW Government is investing $500 million to upgrade the roads around the new Northern Beaches Hospital with work proposed to be completed in time for the hospital opening in 2018.

The upgrades will provide customers with a better travel experience, increased capacity on the road network and improved access through the area, including for pedestrians and cyclists.

Construction is currently underway on the first section of the upgrade to provide essential road access to Northern Beaches Hospital.

Roads and Maritime has now received planning approval on the final section of the upgrade to help increase the capacity of the road network and reduce congestion.

Ferrovial York Joint Venture (FYJV) has been engaged by Roads and Maritime to carry out the project.

The streets surrounding Northern Beaches Hospital

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime received planning approval on 25 February 2016 for the final stage of the road upgrade project in accordance with Part 5.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Further information on the project’s approval is available on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.

Map of Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrades - click for a larger version (JPG, 81Kb)
Map of Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrades - click for a larger version (JPG, 81Kb)

Key features of the Hospital Connectivity Work

  • Widening and intersection upgrades along sections of Forest Way between Warringah Road and south of Adams Street, including providing a right turn bay for traffic turning from Forest Way into Naree Road
  • Upgrading the existing bus bay fronting the Forest Way Shopping Centre on Forest Way to allow two buses to stop within the bay
  • Widening Naree Road/Frenchs Forest Road West from two to four lanes
  • Widening Frenchs Forest Road East from Wakehurst Parkway to Allambie Road from two lanes to four lanes
  • Improvements to the intersection at Frenchs Forest Road East and Nandi Avenue, allowing left and right turns
  • New traffic lights with signalised pedestrian crossings at the intersections of:
    • Forest Way and Naree Road
    • Naree Road, Rabbett Street and Frenchs Forest Road West
    • Frenchs Forest Road West and the new access to the hospital opposite Gladys Avenue
    • Frenchs Forest Road East and Romford Road
    • Frenchs Forest Road East, Patanga Road and Allambie Road
  • Widening and upgrading the intersection of Frenchs Forest Road with Wakehurst Parkway
  • Widening Wakehurst Parkway from about 330 metres north of the intersection with Frenchs Forest Road to the intersection with Warringah Road
  • New bus priority lanes along approaches and departures to the Frenchs Forest Road intersection with Wakehurst Parkway
  • Widening Allambie Road to the north of the intersection with Warringah Road to include additional turning lanes into Frenchs Forest Road East from Allambie Road
  • Widening and upgrading the intersection of Warringah Road and Allambie Road
  • Widening Warringah Road from around 700 metres east of the intersection with Allambie Road and Courtley Street
  • New traffic lights, to be triggered by buses only, to enable buses to cross the eastbound lanes of Warringah Road to enter Frenchs Forest Road East from the median lane on Warringah Road in the westbound direction
  • A left-in and left-out access on Warringah Road opposite Hilmer Street to provide an additional access point to the hospital
  • Retain keep clear at Bantry Bay Lane.

Connectivity Work construction update

Construction of the hospital Connectivity Work started in December last year and is anticipated to be completed by end 2018, weather permitting. The key project milestones achieved to date include:

  • Completing the early investigation work
  • Progressing the detailed design
  • Establishing the project site compound on the north east corner of the intersection of Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Road
  • Opening the Community Information Centre at the site compound
  • Establishing traffic controls at the intersection of Wakehurst Parkway and Frenchs Forest Road
  • Removing vegetation around the intersection of Wakehurst Parkway and Frenchs Forest Road
  • Clearing trees and vegetation along Frenchs Forest Road West.

Key features of the Network Enhancement Work

Warringah Road underpass

  • Providing four through lanes on Warringah Road (two lanes in each direction for east-west traffic) within a grade separated underpass (open slot) for about 1.3 kilometres. The underpass would be below ground level and below the intersections with Forest Way, Hilmer Street and Wakehurst Parkway
  • Providing entry and exit points to and from the underpass at:
    • Warringah Road near Fitzpatrick Avenue East (western side)
    • Warringah Road about 350 metres east of the Wakehurst Parkway grade separated intersection (eastern side)
    • Providing a two-lane on-ramp (merging into one lane) from Wakehurst Parkway (southbound) into the underpass (westbound).

Warringah Road surface roads

  • Eastbound travel lanes on the southern side of Warringah Road
  • Eastbound travel lanes on the northern side of Warringah Road
  • Traffic using the Warringah Road underpass would travel below the intersections with Forest Way, Hilmer Street and Wakehurst Parkway. These intersections would form a surface level bridge for local access\
  • Upgrading/adjusting existing intersections of Warringah Road with Fitzpatrick Avenue East, Rodborough Road and Allambie Road.

Other surface road upgrades

  • Widening Wakehurst Parkway from the intersection of Warringah Road to south of Aquatic Drive
  • Providing a new connection at Aquatic Drive including the following movements:
    • Right in from Wakehurst Parkway (northbound)
    • Left in from Wakehurst Parkway (southbound)
    • Left out from Aquatic Drive onto Wakehurst Parkway (southbound).

Upgrades for pedestrians and cyclists

  • Providing 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 (new pedestrian bridge
    • Removing the existing pedestrian crossing on Warringah Road at Hilmer Street
    • Providing shared paths (pedestrian and cyclist) and footpaths on sections of Warringah Road, Wakehurst Parkway, Forest Way, Aquatic Drive and Allambie Road.

Next steps

Hospital connectivity work:

  • Installing environmental controls
  • Clearing trees and vegetation
  • Removing existing kerbs, footpaths, road barriers and median strips
  • Earthwork including moving soil and rock to create the foundations for the road
  • Relocating utilities and services, eg electricity, water, sewer, gas and telecommunication
  •  Installing new drainage
  • Property adjustment work
  • Building retaining walls

Utilities relocation:

  • Installing new poles and removing old poles
  • Restringing power lines onto new poles
  • Transferring power into the new lines
  • Trenching, boring and cabling

Network enhancement work:

  • Carrying out surveying, geotechnical investigations, drainage inspections and locating services and utilities
  • Establishing additional site compounds and work sites
  • Installing environmental controls
  • Carrying out property adjustment work
  • Remediating the 7-Eleven service station site on Warringah Road
  • Demolishing the properties on Warringah Road and Hilmer Street, and the Bantry Bay shops, that have been acquired for the project.

Community Information Centre

The Community Information Centre and the Site Compound have now been completed. Information about the project is available for you 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

  • Location: Cnr Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Road (north eastern corner), Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
  • Opening times: 9.00am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday.

Construction hours

Construction will be carried out during standard construction hours:

  • 7.00am to 6.00pm from Monday to Friday
  • 8.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays.

Should work be required outside of these hours, it would be carried out in accordance with the relevant approvals and residents would be notified in advance.

Some work will need to be carried out at night time to maintain safety measures, to lessen impacts on the road network and to maintain the service continuity of utilities e.g. electricity when they are being relocated. All work outside of standard construction hours will be carried out in accordance with the relevant approvals and residents and businesses will be notified in advance. Notifications are uploaded to the project website.

Community and Environment Group

We are looking to establish a Community and Environment Group to enable members of the community to discuss the project and provide feedback to the project team on key environmental and project issues. Please contact the project team to register your interest in getting involved.

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