Proposed pedestrian bridge on Pennant Hills Road, North Parramatta

Roads and Maritime Services is proposing to build a pedestrian bridge across Pennant Hills Road near Masons Drive, North Parramatta.

Updates and announcements

In March 2016 Roads and Maritime prepared a ‘Have Your Say’ inviting the community and stakeholders to comment on the proposal, comments on the proposal close on 22 April 2016.

Project background

The NSW Government has committed $5 million to build a proposed pedestrian bridge on Pennant Hills Road, North Parramatta near Masons Drive to provide a safe crossing for local students, parents, carers and other pedestrians.

Project objectives

The NSW Government has committed $5 million to build a proposed pedestrian bridge on Pennant Hills Road, North Parramatta near Masons Drive to provide a safe crossing for local students, parentsThe key benefits to the community include:

  • Improving safety, by separating pedestrians from a busy main road and providing a safe crossing of Pennant Hills Road for local students, parents, carers and other pedestrians
  • Providing a safer accessible crossing for people with limited mobility by including lifts in the bridge design.

Key features

The proposed pedestrian bridge would be about 9.2 metres high and would allow a clearance for heavy vehicles up to about 5.5 metres. The features of the project include:

  • Stairs and lifts so that the bridge is accessible for the elderly and mobility impaired. This combination has been chosen to minimise visual, vegetation and property impacts
  • Access directly from Pennant Hills Road to Redeemer Baptist School
  • Pedestrian fencing is being considered at the intersection to encourage the use of the pedestrian bridge and further improve pedestrian safety
  • The current signalised pedestrian crossing will be closed once the bridge is built, however mechanical gates are being considered so that the crossing will be functional in the event the lifts are out of service. An image of the mechanical gates has been included
  • Roads and Maritime has a strict protocol for lift maintenance, and a 24-hour phone number for the public to report issues with the lifts.

Community engagement

In September 2015 representatives of the project team doorknocked residents in the area to discuss night investigation work and the proposal.

In March 2016 a ‘Have your say’ community update was distributed inviting stakeholders and the community to comment on the proposal. Comments close on 22 April 2016.

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