Signs call for four-lane bridge on Heathcote Road

Sutherland Shire Council has erected four large signs, calling on the state government to build a four-lane bridge on Heathcote Road over Woronora River at Engadine.

Every time one of my family drives on Heathcote Road I breathe a sigh of relief when they arrive home safely.

Cr Diedree Steinwall

Two of the signs are located on or near the intersection of Heathcote Road and Princes Highway, Engadine, and the other two are at Lucas Heights.

The council decided on the campaign in June after Transport for NSW announced it would widen the bridge and approaches, but not increase the one lane in each direction.

The council campaigned in the same way for a new, high level bridge at Woronora in the 1990s before the state government bowed to community pressure.

Deputy Mayor Steve Simpson, who was involved in the previous campaign, successfully proposed the tactic be resurrected.

Cr Diedree Steinwall said the signs "can't be ignored".

"They provide an opportunity for the community to join in and take action themselves."

"As the state government foreshadows closing the bridge for over six months [in late 2021] to just widen the shoulders of the existing two-lane bridge, it is a perfect opportunity to advocate for the safety of all motorists. The time for action is now.

Cr Steinwall said, "Every time one of my family drives on Heathcote Road, I breathe a sigh of relief when they arrive home safely".

"I have no doubt that this sentiment is shared by others in the community."