October 13 - 19, 2019: Issue 424
Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: October 2019 Update In Pictures + Friends Of Mona Vale Road Truck Arrestor Bed III
The Mona Vale Road upgrade will see Mona Vale Road widened from two to four lanes between Terrey Hills and Mona Vale to improve safety and traffic efficiency.
The western section of the upgrade involves widening 3.4 kilometres of road between McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills and Powder Works Road, Ingleside, along with associated upgrades of intersections and adjacent infrastructure such as shared use paths and bus stops.
The Office of Environment and Heritage approved the project in November 2017 following community consultation. Roads and Maritime Services is completing a detailed design for the section. The NSW Government indicated it will procure the section through a construct only contract.
The $140 million eastern section of the project, which involves widening and upgrading 3.2 kilometres of Mona Vale Road between Foley Street, Mona Vale and Manor Road, Ingleside, was awarded to Georgiou in November 2018. Construction commenced in February 2019 with completion targeted in 2021.
To date we have run pictorials to record the works taking place and so a comparison can be seen between the images of what was and now is.
- Mona Vale Road Upgrade - Changed Traffic Conditions Reminder - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater, March 2019
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: Some Progress Photos - May 2019 Record
- Mona Vale Road Upgrade Update: Fauna Fencing To Be Installed During Construction + June Night Works
- Mona Vale Road Truck Arrestor Bed Miscalculation? - report by Phil Walker and John Illingsworth/Pittwater Pathways
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: September 2019 Update - and Pictorial Record Of Works
One of the most startling comparisons is where and how much rock is disappearing along the length of the construction and the width of the works on either side of the current road.
The length of time it has taken for fauna fencing to be installed has also caused some concern among residents due to the amount of displaced and frightened wallabies that have been struck and killed by cars while running from the noise but that is now installed along the section towards the east from just past Chiltern Road.
A statement from RMS dated September 20th advises:
''Fauna fencing is now being installed along the Mona Vale Road East upgrade corridor.Fencing is also being installed opposite the Mona Vale Road West upgrade as part of early work, on the southern side of the road between Kimbriki Road and Tumburra Street at Ingleside.The fauna fencing is being progressively installed as road work continues and will aim to minimise the likelihood of fauna crossing Mona Vale Road.The fencing will be 1.8 metres high and dug into the ground to ensure all fauna cannot make their way under the fence.''
Fauna fencing had not been installed along the Mona Vale West upgrade as this Issue is published. There has been no advice as yet on whether the fauna nesting boxes promised have been put in place either to offer some home from those who lost them when trees were cleared along the construction site.
A few weeks ago an update on Phil Walker and the Friends of Mona Vale Road's investigation into the Truck Arrester Bed (See: Mona Vale Road Truck Arrestor Bed Miscalculation? - report by Phil Walker and John Illingsworth/Pittwater Pathways) confirmed the information they found through their GIPA. This has been forwarded to MP for Pittwater, The Hon. Rob Stokes, whose office has supplied correspondence from Mr. Walker to the RMS for review.
Some of the claims are quite specific and a response time has not been ascertained as we go to press. That follow-up from Mr. Walker and John Illingsowrth et. al is titled 'MONA VALE ROAD COWBOYS 3 – THE CLAYTONS TRUCK ARRESTER BED' and runs below - an update/response will be run once received:
Traffic Changes On Mona Vale Road
- reducing Mona Vale Road from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction between Emma Street and Foley Street
- removing the right turn for westbound traffic on Mona Vale Road to Emma Street
- temporarily moving the bus stop near Pittwater RSL to a new location east of Foley street
- changing pedestrian paths and crossings in specific areas
- Reduced speed limit
- demolish road islands around the Ponderosa and Mona Vale Roundabout
- grinding to remove line markings and re-line marking of temporary lanes
- removing of asphalt in some areas
- install concrete barriers and signage southbound of Ponderosa Parade.