Sydney region

Spit Road - Median safety barrier

Construction details

Construction of the concrete median safety barrier is expected to start on Thursday 2 January 2014 and will take up to four weeks to complete, weather permitting.
The first stage of this work will be carried out over a continuous 48 hour period from 8am on Thursday 2 January 2014 to 8am on Saturday 4 January 2014. Read more>>

Background

Spit Road is on a steep hill with tight back to back curves (S-bends) and a narrow mountable median. Spit Road carries between 55,000 and 72,000 vehicles daily and is an important link between the northern beaches and Sydney CBD.

In the five years to June 2012, eight head on crashes and two off road crashes occurred on Spit Road between Medusa Street and Pearl Bay Avenue.

Community consultation

In April and May 2013, Roads and Maritime Services consulted with local residents and business operators on the proposed installation of a concrete median safety barrier along Spit Road. There was community support for this road safety proposal, although other issues were raised by the community. These issues were investigated and considered as part of the consultation process for this safety barrier project.

A community issues report summarising the issues and Roads and Maritime's responses have been prepared. The community issues report is available on the project documents page.

The proposal and its benefits

Based on Roads and Maritime's review of crashes involving vehicles crossing onto opposing traffic lanes resulting in head on crashes and community support for the proposal, Roads and Maritime has decided to proceed with the installation of the concrete median safety barrier.

Roads and Maritime will install a concrete median safety barrier (60 centimetres high) along the existing median on Spit Road, between Medusa Street and Pearl Bay Avenue, Mosman.

The proposed safety improvement is expected to minimise crashes involving vehicles crossing onto opposing traffic lanes and resulting head on crashes.