Starkey Street pedestrian bridge, Forestville

The NSW Government is planning improvements at the Starkey Street and Warringah Road intersection at Forestville to improve traffic flow.

Starkey Street Pedestrian Bridge

The project

Roads and Maritime Services is preparing to remove the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights across Warringah Road at Starkey Street and install a new pedestrian bridge over Warringah Road east of Starkey Street.

The Starkey Street Pedestrian Bridge will increase transport efficiency on Warringah Road through Forestville, minimise delays, allow for more effective road-based public transport and improve road safety.

What is happening now?

Following the determination of the Review of Environmental Factors for the Starkey Street pedestrian bridge, the project moved into the detailed design phase in 2016.

The contract to build the pedestrian bridge near Starkey Street has been awarded to Christie Civil.

Construction will take around 12 months to complete and will start with the relocation of utilities and set up of the site compound in mid 2017.

Work will include:

  • installing a pedestrian bridge on the eastern side of the Starkey Street / Warringah Road intersection. The pedestrian bridge includes stairs and lifts on both sides of the bridge.
  • relocating the eastbound bus stop and shelter, on the western side of the intersection, to the eastern side. A new bus stop and shelter would be built and the existing stop and shelter demolished.
  • reinstating and providing pedestrian paths leading to and around the bridge access points and nearby bus stops.
  • installing pedestrian fencing at the western side of the intersection and along the centre median to ensure pedestrian safety
  • installing bicycle parking facilities
  • landscaping
  • relocating services and utilities
  • installing a temporary site compound within the public car park area at the south east end of the car park. Several parking spaces will be removed during construction.

During construction:

There will be some noise associated with this work. We will make every effort to minimise noise by carrying out the noisiest work during the day or before midnight for night work.

There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe.

Pedestrians will continue to be able use the existing pedestrian crossing signals and bus stops during construction.

Lane closures will be in place during some construction activities outside of peak hours and may affect travel times. 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.

We will continue to communication changes to bus stops and access as the project progresses.

What are the key features?

The key features of the project include:

  • Installing a new pedestrian bridge over Warringah Road east of Starkey Street
  • Removing the existing pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights on the western side of the intersection of Warringah Road and Starkey Street
  • Relocating the existing eastbound bus stop on the northern side of Warringah Road from west of Starkey Street to east of Starkey Street near the proposed pedestrian bridge entry
  • Providing new pedestrian connections to the pedestrian bridge entry and bus stop
  • Altering the Starkey Street car park to accommodate the proposed new pedestrian bridge
  • Installing new pedestrian fencing in a number of locations
  • Relocating utilities
  • New landscaping and signage.

What are the benefits?

There is currently a very high demand for the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights of Warringah Road at Starkey Street due to local buses, shops, community facilities and schools. More than 100 pedestrians per hour use the crossing in the morning peak period. The minimum time for pedestrians crossing is 30 seconds. The frequency and length of time the pedestrian crossing is used causes traffic delays and congestion on Warringah Road during peak periods. The benefits of the pedestrian bridge include:

  • Improving the efficiency of traffic flow along Warringah Road at Forestville, particularly westbound traffic in the morning peak and eastbound traffic in the evening peak
  • Reducing delays on Warringah Road in both the morning and evening peak
  • Supporting improvements to road-based public transport on Warringah Road by improving traffic capacity
  • Improving safety, by separating pedestrians from a busy main road
  • Improving transport access by aligning bus stops with the proposed pedestrian bridge
  • Providing urban design improvements around the bridge.

What would the pedestrian bridge include?

The key features of the pedestrian bridge will also include:

  • Lifts that can accommodate up to 15 passengers, as well as scooters, bicycles and prams
  • A roof over the bridge span to protect users from the elements
  • Safety fencing and throw screens
  • Open ends on the bridge deck to allow district views
  • A set of curved stairs and a lift on both sides
  • Reinstating the pedestrian paths leading to and around the bridge access points and nearby bus stops
  • Bicycle parking facilities
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