South Head Road Shared Pathway
Project: An off-road shared pathway along South Head Road from Moruya to Moruya Heads
Funding: This project is being funded via a $750,000 grant provided by the NSW Roads & Maritime Services under the Active Transport Program. Based on the agreement with Roads and Maritime Services, the funding is notionally to be spent across 2017-18 ($300,000) and 2018-19 ($450,000).
The project seeks to construct a 2.5m wide concrete shared pathway adjacent to South Head Road, connecting the existing pathways in Moruya and Moruya Heads.
The project has been identified in Council’s Pathways Strategy and will provide:
- Improved footpath network and pedestrian access to facilities and services, including public transport
- Improved pedestrian and cyclist safety
- Enhanced aesthetics to property frontages and improved property values
- Reduction and prevention of erosion and environmental degradation from excessive foot-traffic on existing grassed verges.
Stage 1: Design and construct a shared pathway adjacent to South Head Road from Halyard Drive to approximately 150m east of The Anchorage. The design incorporates a new pedestrian refuge that will enable pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely from the new path to the existing path on the northern side the road.
Stage 2: Design, approvals and land acquisition for the shared pathway adjacent South Head Road (Halyard Drive to Keightley Street).
Stage 3: Construction of the shared pathway adjacent South Head Road (from Keightley Street toward Halyard Drive) – to the limit of funding available.
- Works are continuing on the design for the 2.3km stretch of pathway between Halyard Drive and Keightley Street to connect the new pathway in South Head to the existing pathway in Moruya.
- Stage 1 of the project is complete.
- The pathway from Halyard Drive to the road crossing east of The Anchorage has been constructed.
- The new pedestrian refuge has been built to allow pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the road.
- We will return to place instant turf the when conditions are more suitable.
- Our design team are working on Stage 2 - preparation for the 2.3km stretch between Halyard Drive to Keightley Street that will connect the new section to the existing pathway in Moruya.
- We will contact affected property owners when the design is complete.
Stage1 of the project is under construction and well advanced. The diagram shows the extent of Stage1.
The following pre-requisites were required before Stage1 could begin:
- Detailed survey, investigation and design (complete, funded by Council)
- Flora and Fauna Assessment and Due Diligence reports (complete, funded by grant)
- Lighting design (underway, funded by grant)
- Review of Environmental Factors (complete, funded by Council)
- Concurrence of Australian Government agency responsible for Federally listed Ecologically Endangered Community (complete, administration funded by Council)
- Consultation with stakeholders including the Moruya South Head Pathway Committee, the public and directly impacted landowners (complete, funded by Council)
- Agreements for land acquisition from one property (agreement in place, acquisition in progress funded by grant)
- Relocation of a watermain (complete, funded by Council)
- Allocation of resources with the work being undertaken by Council’s in-house team supported by local sub-contractors (funded by grant).
The following civil construction activities on the shared pathway are underway:
- Clearing – complete
- Provision of stormwater drainage – complete
- Construction of kerb and gutter for pedestrian refuge and to provide for shared pathway - complete
- Construction of 2.5m wide reinforced concrete shared pathway – first elements complete
- Provision of appropriate access connections (driveway and pram ramps for pathway) – complete
- Design and construct new lighting – contract let.
Looking east along the new shared pathway towards the site of the next pedestrian refuge near The Anchorage. Note the work required to accommodate the residential driveway and the extension of the stormwater line to provide for the shared pathway.
Looking west along the new shared pathway. Note the separation provided by the new kerb and gutter, without which extensive land acquisition would have been required.
Our construction crew on site at South Head Road, Moruya Heads.
An initial assessment of the route determined the off-road shared pathway should be on the southern side of South Head Road. Importantly, this route best services the residents at Halyard Drive and the existing and proposed development at Keightley Street and the nearby urban expansion areas. This also minimises impacts on designated SEPP 14 Wetlands, avoids services and some more difficult property matters.
The proposed shared pathway will service both pedestrians (in their various forms) and cyclists. The shared pathway will be ‘warranted’ and signposted to permit enforcement of laws pertaining to the use of a shared pathway. The design of the first phase has already been submitted to and approved by the Eurobodalla Local Traffic Committee and subsequently by Council for this purpose.
Vital for the success of the overall project, was to ensure the crossing points on South Head Road were located and treated appropriately to enable the safe crossing by pedestrians and cyclists. A crossing point already exists at Keightley Street to connect people from the existing and proposed development to the existing shared pathway back to Moruya.
Following review of the options, it was determined to place a safe crossing point with a pedestrian refuge crossing just east of The Anchorage. This style of crossing allows a person to cross the road in two stages, improving road safety. The chosen crossing point has adequate sight lines for the actual speed environment and will be within the 60km/h speed zone (as is the crossing point at Keightley Street). The actual speed environment along South Head Road is also significantly lower at this point, which is particularly important for pedestrians using the pathway and crossing points.
The positioning of the pedestrian refuge point also acts to provide a narrowed ‘entrance’ to the village of Moruya Heads, which should assist reducing the speed environment further on the approach to the intersections and resident driveways to the east of the site. This added benefit is another important road safety improvement.
The crossing point will be provided with appropriate lighting.
Future stages 2 and 3
Stage 2 of the project is planned for the first half of 2018-19 financial year. At the completion of stage 2, an estimate of cost will be able to be prepared with improved certainty.
However, it is clear that substantially more funding than the $750,000 in grant funding will be required to complete the link between Halyard Drive and Keightley Street (a further 2.3km of off-road shared pathway beyond Halyard Drive). This is due to the works required to deliver a shared off-road pathway to the required standard taking account of the matters listed below.
The design of the wetland crossing west of Halyard Drive may influence the cost significantly, and the final outcome will only be known upon completion of the detailed design and environmental impact statement. Previous roadwork in this area required a payment for works elsewhere as an offset for loss of the impacted wetland.
Stage 2 and 3 combined will require as a minimum:
- Detailed survey investigation and design – to be undertaken in-house at Council’s cost
- Geotechnical investigations – to be undertaken in-house at Council’s cost
- Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for works within designated SEPP 14 wetland areas east of Halyard Drive
- Review of Environmental Factors for works not included in the EIS – to be undertaken in-house at Council’s cost
- Fauna/flora survey
- Archaeological due diligence report
- Identification and acquisition of land for widening of the public road reserve from multiple properties
- Fencing of new boundaries and potentially a cattle yard
- Relocation of any impacted services
- Adjustments to driveways
- Clearing and stripping of vegetation/topsoil/unsuitable materials
- Stormwater drainage
- Sub-grade preparation and drainage
- Tie-ins and adjustments to roadways (where required)
- Pathway construction
Upon completion of the detailed design in Stage 2, consideration will be given to how to mitigate the cost of earthworks by integration of this project with other Council works (eg supply of suitable quality fill material from other works).
For further information about the shared pathway, please contact James Payne, Design Officer:
- T: 4474 1000
- E: Council