Demolition of Lilyfield Rd footbridge over Victoria Rd

Advice from Transport for NSW. Demolition set for 21/22 March, but route closed 8 March. Detours will be on Gordon St and via the two stage crossing of The Crescent/CWL previously notified. No improvements made to either of these routes. The ramp from Victoria Rd to Anzac Bridge west of the Digger will be demolished too, so only access will be via James Craig Rd and the ramp up from Sommerville Rd below the bridge. I assume the other footbridge (Beattie Bush bridge) will stay there for 6 months, until a new ramp to Anzac Bridge is built.

From Dan Silburn the PR flack at TfNSW:

“I apologise for sending a Sunday afternoon e-mail. 

Late last week, Transport for NSW completed its assessment of the proposed cycling and pedestrian detours as a result of the upcoming permanent removal of the bridge over Victoria Road at Lilyfield Road, and the ~6 month closure of the shared user path connecting Victoria Road to the ANZAC Bridge.

We have now confirmed that those two routes will be closed from 8 March, 2020, weather permitting. We will be working on both routes for around 2 weeks to make them safe for their eventual demolition, which should take place on the weekend of 21-22 March, 2020.

The detours we discussed at our last meeting - across The Crescent (two-phase crossing) and via Gordon Street - will be shown on our detour maps which will be installed on 24 February 2020.

Due to existing parking pressures in this area of Rozelle, parking will not be removed on Gordon Street. 

 [we had asked for an uphill bike lane]

Community notifications will also be distributed with the routes suggested. I have attached an example of these signs. JHCPB staff will also be on site at the two detour routes during peak hour to provide information about these changes for the two weeks until the closure and we will be engaging in a number of other advertising and publicity activities to inform as many people as we can about these changes. We’ll also have strategies in place to assist people from the day the access is closed, too.

Transport for NSW, along with JHCPB contractors, will continue to monitor how the detour routes are performing, and may make additional changes or improvements if required.

[and get this!] 

I would like to assure you that your feedback and suggestions were carefully considered by Transport when assessing these alternate routes. There will be more changes to important cyclist and pedestrian routes as the project progresses, and we would welcome your feedback about those when it is time to prepare the detours.

end quote

 There will be media coverage of this I suspect.

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look out for the poles around the corner.

Learnt today in a sneak preview of the response to the Mod2 EIS that there will be a 4.5 m wide shared path  ramp up from The Crescent to the light rail station and a shared path bridge from there north over the City West Link into the Parklands where the railyards used to be. A proposed shared path bridge over The Crescent near James Craig Rd has been dropped, too imposing they said. It would have avoided road crossings but they say the Johnston St lights will be much improved- now reverting to a single stage crossing after huge outcry over the original four stage crossing.

Also that we will still be able to cross The Crescent from Railway Pde to the foreshore paths on light controlled crossings, when it is all finished. Work is also starting on a big shared footbridge over the CWL at Brenan St at Whites Ck. The Minister apparently insisted on this bridge as a bit of community payback (bribery). Local residents all oppose it. Handy if you come down Whites Ck path or live opposite in Lilyfield like me.

Details of the paths through the Parkland to  Anzac Bridge will be released later this month or May, but it appears there will be an off-road path along Lilyfield Rd from about Justin St toDenison St then through the park, under Victoria Rd and coming back up to the Anzac on a new ramp.


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