A 35-metre long pedestrian bridge is to be built over New Illawarra Road at Menai to improve traffic flow.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) released plans for the structure to be built near Barry Road as part of the $300 million Gateway to the South Pinch Points program.
RMS said the pedestrian bridge would replace an existing signalised pedestrian crossing and “increase safety and improve connectivity between the eastern and western sides of New Illawarra Road for pedestrians and cyclists”.
It will be 35.7 metres long and allow clearance for heavy vehicles up to 5.6 metres high, an RMS brochure said.
The work includes:
- Construction of a steel pedestrian bridge, with access ramps on the each side of New Illawarra Road.
- Construction of a shared path to connect to existing paths on the eastern side of New Illawarra Road.
- Removal of existing pedestrian crossing, including traffic signals and pedestrian fencing.
- Tree removal, trimming and landscaping.
- Adjustments to the existing noise wall.
- Adjustments to line marking.
“We are currently progressing with the detailed design of this project,” RMS said.
“We are engaging with industry to determine construction and delivery time frames, and will keep you updated on each stage of the work throughout 2018.”
RMS said the pedestrian bridge and ramps were “designed to encourage pedestrians and cyclists to safely enjoy the experience of crossing New Illawarra Road while observing the bushland views to the west”.
“Careful decisions have been made to ensure the structure integrates with the existing environment to minimise impacts on trees, properties and utilities in the area.
“An earthy red-brown tone has been chosen for the steel structure to complement the surrounding bushland and sandstone landscape.
“Lighting and screening will also be installed on the bridge for safety.”