The NSW Government is upgrading several roads in the vicinity of the new Northern Beaches Hospital. Stage one required provide access to the hospital. Network enhancement works are part of stage two. These upgrades will provide customers with a better travel experience, increase the capacity of the road network and improve access through the area for pedestrians and cyclists, as well.
Ferrovial York Joint Venture is delivering the road in two stages:
Stage one was about providing key connectivity and traffic capacity around the new hospital by upgrading Frenchs Forest Road East, West and Naree Road from a single to dual carriageway, This involved improving pedestrian access as well as bus stop upgrades servicing the hospital. Stage 1 was completed and opened to traffic in October 2018.
The focus of stage two is on broader network enhancements. This includes upgrading Warringah Road to improve the performance of the road network and reduce congestion around the hospital. It also includes the construction of a 1.3 kilometre long underpass and three underpass bridges. Additionally, there will be key intersection improvements, bus stop upgrades, new shared paths and new pedestrian bridges. It is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Following a competitive tendering process Roads and Maritime contracted Ferrovial York Joint Venture (FYJV) to construct the road upgrades which include sections of Frenchs Forest Road, Warringah Road, Wakehurst Parkway, Forest Way, Hilmer Street, Aquatic Drive, Banty Bay Road and Allambie road.
Safety is the first priority of the team. The project has developed a wide range of initiatives including the LIFE (Looking for an Incident Free Environment) program which has been successfully implemented in other Ferrovial projects worldwide to increase the Safety Culture of the team and achieve the industry highest Health and Safety standards. As a result of all these initiatives, the project has been for more than 600 days Lost Time Injury (LTI) free.
The project team is undertaking the project in a very demanding urban environment including a high number of utilities relocation works and strict traffic and community requirements.
The Project Has Achieved Several Remarkable Milestones
- Installation of the new Forest Way Pedestrian Bridge
- Demolition of the old Forest Way Pedestrian Bridge, which required a successful 30h closure of Warringah Road unprecedented in the area
- Installation of the new Hilmer Street pedestrian bridge
- Implementation of the Warringah Road westbound traffic switch – traffic is now driving on the permanent westbound carriageway
- Temporary diversion of the Warringah Road Eastbound carriageway to allow completion of the permanent works
- Returning Naree Road and Frenchs Forest Road to two-way traffic, after ten months of construction through the use of the one-way traffic arrangement
- Opening to traffic large sections of permanent works along Frenchs Forest Road and Allambie Road
Current project works include remaining sections of permanent works along Naree Road, Frenchs Forest Road, Forest Way, Wakehurst Parkway and the new Warringah Road Eastbound carriageway.Environment Protection Licence Environment Protection Licence - Premises Map Environment Licence Monitoring Data Environment and Sustainability Policy Pollution Incident Response Management Plan Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) - Excellent rating