Improving pedestrian safety in Kirrawee
21 September 2018
Access and safety across the Princes Highway at Kirrawee is another step closer to being improved for pedestrians and cyclists, following community consultation for a new bridge at the intersection with Bath Road.
Member for Miranda, Eleni Petinos said the NSW Government is funding the project as part of its $300 million Gateway to the South Pinch Point Program, which aims to ease congestion and improve journey reliability on Sydney’s key southern corridors.
“Roads and Maritime Services is installing the Kirrawee Pedestrian Bridge to link local schools, services, commercial and residential zones across a main road carrying around 78,000 vehicles a day,” Ms Petinos said.
“Work is on track to start next month, which is great news for local residents and businesses.”
Ms Petinos said the need for a pedestrian bridge, and its location, was identified following a detailed business case, community engagement and feasibility study.
“It’s been great to hear from locals who have given feedback including at a community kiosk, interactive portal and through direct consultation.” Ms Petinos said.
“The location at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Bath Road was chosen based on pedestrian safety, the distance from existing crossing facilities, land acquisition requirements, and environment and heritage sensitivity.”
“Nearby locations were also considered in detail by Roads and Maritime. This included the intersection of the Princes Highway and Oak Road, where pedestrian safety is being separately addressed by upgrading the traffic lights to a four-way controlled crossing, with more pedestrian median refuges.”
“The option at the Princes Highway and Bath Road was found to be the safest for the community, and will ensure the project is delivered to benefit Kirrawee.”
Ms Petinos said the main bridge structure will be constructed offsite, and once complete will be lifted in to place on the established foundations.
The Kirrawee pedestrian bridge was identified as an initiative in the $300 million Gateway to the South Pinch Points program business case and is being fully funded from this program.
The objectives of the project align with Transport for NSW’s Sydney’s Walking Future and Sydney’s Cycling Future initiatives to encourage more people to walk and cycle in Sydney by making it safe and accessible.
For more information, including a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ portal and a 360 view interactive portal, visit: Pedestrian bridge at the intersection of the Princes HIghway and Bath Road, Kirrawee.