Updated F6 plans include extended cycle-walk path and traffic changes for Moorefield Estate

Update

An extended cycle-walk path, together with traffic changes for the Moorefield Estate, are provided in updated plans for Stage One of the F6 extension.

The Department of Planning and Environment is inviting community input on the amendments made by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

The Preferred Infrastructure Report responds to feedback on the 2018 Environmental Impact Statement.

The proposed cycle-walk path from Kyeemagh to President Avenue will be extended a further 600 metres through Scarborough Park North to Chuter Avenue / O'Connell Street, south of Robinson Street, at Monterey.

The extension was requested by cycle groups, Bayside Council and in individual community submissions.

The extension will be constructed as a three metre wide boardwalk, or other low impact design, to minimise potential flooding impacts and will generally follow existing informal walking / access tracks within Scarborough Park.

It will cross the watercourse in Scarborough Park via a steel bridge structure.

There will be an upgraded pedestrian refuge at the connection point with the existing on road cycle network at Chuter Avenue / O'Connell Street, south of Robinson Street.

The concept design is subject to refinements during detailed design.

The section of the shared cycle and pedestrian path, which links the pathway to the west towards Annette Avenue, will be retained.

RMS expects construction of the southern extension of the shared path to take about six months to complete

The report said there had been extensive consultation with residents of Moorefield Estate and the local area on traffic arrangements around President Avenue, where the tunnel entry and exit will be located.

As a result, changes were proposed to minimise impacts.

"With regard to concerns raised by the community about future increased traffic along Civic Avenue and Marshall Street, as drivers seek to take alternative routes, the project is making improvements to the operation of President Avenue with clearways considered during peak times to maintain traffic flow on this major route," the report said.

"Some traffic would continue to use Civic Avenue and Marshall Street as a thoroughfare to Rocky Point Road, as currently occurs, however RMS, in conjunction with Bayside Council, are proposing additional traffic calming measures along Marshall Street and Civic Avenue to reduce the attractiveness of this route to non-local traffic."

Other proposed changes include:

  • Lachal Avenue will be converted from one-way northbound to one-way southbound (inbound movements from President Avenue only). A right turn bay and traffic signals will be provided for the right turn into Lachal Avenue from President Avenue. There will be a pedestrian crossing across Lachal Avenue
  • Traynor Avenue will be converted from one-way southbound to one-way northbound. Only left turn movements out of President Avenue will be permitted. T
  • The proposed cul-de-sac at Moorefield Avenue will not proceed. Following a review of demand, it was determined Moorefield Avenue could remain open in its existing arrangement as a left in, left out intersection.
  • An additional 60 metre southbound left turn bay at the existing signalised intersection at West Botany Street and President Avenue will be provided.
  • A signalised intersection will be provided to allow for safer right turn movements from Civic Avenue into President Avenue. Available traffic movements will remain the same as the existing network configuration, with no right turns permitted from President Avenue into Civic Avenue. The President Avenue/Civic Avenue and the President Avenue/West Botany Street intersections will operate under one signal controller. There will be a pedestrian crossing across Civic Avenue.

The Department of Planning has extended the public exhibition for the F6 extension for a week until Wednesday, May 8.

Earlier

The Department of Planning and Environment is inviting community input on updated plans for Stage One of the F6 Extension.

Amendments made by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) include:

  • Changes to the operational access and exit arrangements to and from President Avenue at Princes Highway, Lachal Avenue, Traynor Avenue, West Botany Street, Civic Avenue, and Cross Street, Kogarah and O'Connell Street, Monterey; and
  • Extension of the proposed shared cycle and pedestrian pathway from President Avenue through Scarborough Park North to Chuter Avenue/O'Connell Street, south of Robinson Street, at Monterey.

The project involves four-kilometre continuous twin tunnels (north and south) to connect the new M5 at Arncliffe to President Avenue at Kogarah.

The updated plans, known as the Preferred Infrastructure Report, follow the 2018 exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement.

RMS made amendments to the proposal based on feedback from the local community during that exhibition.

"Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the Department of Planning and Environment is encouraging feedback on the Preferred Infrastructure Report during the public exhibition period which starts today, (April 17) until May 1," a spokesman said.

More to come