October 10 - 16, 2021: Issue 513
Mona Vale Road Upgrade: October 2021 Pictorial Update
In August 2021 it was announced that some changes to the design that it is hoped will provide good outcomes for the local community were open for feedback. The changes include relocating the shared path for cyclists and pedestrians, and extending the heavy vehicle arrester bed further up the slope to slow heavy vehicles down.
''We expect the shared zone to be used by residents north of Mona Vale Road and west of Samuel St, and anyone wishing to access Lane Cove Road through the bush. Commuter cyclists and cycle groups are more likely to use the new 3m (approx.) wide shoulders to be constructed along Mona Vale Road between Manor Road and Daydream Street as observed along other sections of Mona Vale Road where wide shoulders have been provided. The realignment of the shared user path into the existing shared zone is to provide greater visibility for those who will use this route rather than be hidden between a noise wall and a fenced/vegetation border.'' it was stated
These changes are outlined in the Addendum Review of Environmental Factors (REF) (PDF, 18.6Mb) review or download a copy at: mona-vale-road-addendum-ref-08-2021.pdf - dated August 4, 2021
A July 2021 Project Update shows Retaining Walls and Noise Abatement walls have been installed. Since then the Contractors have progressed more works, including carrying out major stormwater and sewer works east of Ponderosa Parade, continuing excavating and stabilising the rock cuttings and removing excavated materials to the Western Early Work site.
Western Early Work site, late September 2021
They have also continued relocating utilities along Mona Vale Road, started constructing the road pavement for the new westbound lanes, continued upgrading the existing road and cross drainage and stormwater systems, continued with the Samuel Street, Ponderosa Parade and Mona Vale Road intersection upgrade and commenced constructing the retaining wall on the southern side of Mona Vale Road between Boundary Street and Daydream Street.
The July 2021 Project update provides further insight on the Shared path:
As part of the Mona Vale Road East upgrade, Transport for NSW will build the shared path between Lane Cove Road East near Katandra Sanctuary and Foley Street.
The planned shared path will:
- Go through bushland from Lane Cove Road East, just below the Katandra Bushland Sanctuary, to Walana Crescent
- Travel along Walana Crescent, down Wallaby Circuit and through the Cemetery to Mona Vale Road
- Travel along Mona Vale Road until Foley Street as planned.
The Project designers had planned to have the shared path running eastbound along Mona Vale Road between Lane Cove Road East and Walana Crescent. The new location of the shared path provides improved safety and amenity for cyclists and pedestrians.
The design change was developed in consultation with the Northern Beaches Council. Council will be constructing the shared path on Lane Cove Road from Manor Road to the Katandra Sanctuary. Please note following completion of works, shoulders will be constructed along the main alignment of Mona Vale Road in both directions.
Other modifications announced in the July 2021 Project update are about the Detention basin: ''We originally planned to build a stormwater detention basin on the northern side of Mona Vale Road, west of Laurel Road West. We’re changing the location of the detention basin to the southern side of Mona Vale Road near Ingleside Road. This will allow easier access for maintenance crews to the detention basin. We’ll landscape around the basin after it is constructed to help it blend into the surroundings.'' and an extension of 100 metres to the Heavy vehicle arrester bed. This will change where the entrance to the arrester bed is – it will now be 100 metres further up the slope.
The arrester bed provides space for heavy vehicles to stop safely in case of emergencies.
The design changes also include:
- Installing a guard rail on Lane Cove Road East below the Katandra Bushland Sanctuary to improve safety
- Relocating utilities along Samuel Street up to Fazzolari Avenue and on Foley Street until Jubilee Avenue
- Installing drainage on Boundary Street.
They're also continuing earthworks along Mona Vale Road between Manor Road and Boundary Street to widen the road corridor. As part of this work they're landscaping the batters with sprayed seed mix (green covering) to stabilise the embankments while the native seeds in the sprayed seed mix germinate, constructing open drains to manage water and installing fauna fencing.
The NSW Government is upgrading Mona Vale Road from two lanes to four lanes between Terrey Hills and Mona Vale. The Mona Vale Road East upgrade includes 3.2 kilometres of Mona Vale Road between Manor Road, Ingleside, and Foley Street, Mona Vale.
Images run below of the works as seen in late September 2021, running from just past Pittwater RSL west and then those taken on the way home, running east.
- Mona Vale Road Upgrade: February 2021 Pictorial Update
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade Project: Construction Update – September 2020
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: July 2020 Pictorial Update
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: Proposed Extended Weekend Work + Road Closure For Large Boulder Removal Works - Georgiou Group is talking to the community about closing Mona Vale Road to all traffic from Manor Road to the Mona Vale Road, Ponderosa Parade and Samuel Street intersection from 7pm Friday 24 July to 5am Monday 27 July 2020, weather permitting. If there is wet weather, the closure will occur on the following weekend from 7pm Friday 31 July to 5am 3 August 2020.
- Mona Vale Road Upgrade: The Machines Helping Build The Road – For Younger Readers: This is a story about the road-building machines we included in last Issues’ Pictorial. Some of our younger Readers have asked us ‘but what’s that one and what is it used for?’ so it seems best to put it all in a page for you. We didn’t get ALL the machines being used – but here’s some insights into those we did, and a bit more, for those who want to know more - June 2020
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: May 2020 Pictures Record
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: Mid to Late February Notice and Pictorial Record of Works and Changes - February 2020
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: January 2020 Update and Photographic Record Of Works
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade Update - To December 2019: Our last day of work for 2019 will be Friday 20 December and we will return to work on Monday 6 January 2020
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade Calls In Sydney Wildlife Volunteer To Relocate Lapwing Plovers Nest: Eggs Hatch! - October 2019
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: October 2019 Update In Pictures
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: September 2019 Update - and Pictorial Record Of Works - September 2019
- Mona Vale Road Upgrade Update: Fauna Fencing To Be Installed During Construction + June Night Works - June 2019
- Mona Vale Road Truck Arrestor Bed Miscalculation? - report by Phil Walker and John Illingsworth/Pittwater Pathways - June 2019
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: Some Progress Photos - May 2019 Record
- Mona Vale Road Upgrade - Changed Traffic Conditions Reminder - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater - March 2019
- Upgrade Of Mona Vale Road East To Commence This Month - an overview of what to expect - January 2019
- Contract Awarded For Mona Vale Road Upgrade - from Office of the Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater - November 2018
- Roads To Pittwater: The Mona Vale Road (History page) - September 2018
- Plans Accelerate For Mona Vale Road East Upgrade - June 2018
- Plans Accelerate For Mona Vale Road East Upgrade - from Office of The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater - March 2018
- Sydney's First Fauna Overpass To Be Installed On Mona Vale Road + RMS March 2018 Mona Vale Road update
- Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: Proposed Lease Of Land To Roads And Maritime Services (RMS) - Council Invites You to Have Your Say - November 2017
- Reducing Roadkill On Mona Vale Road by David Palmer, Pittwater Natural Heritage Association - September 2017
- Front Page Issue 330: Jumping For Joy: Fauna Crossing For Mona Vale Road Confirmed - September 2017
- Funding Secured To Commence Mona Vale Road Upgrade - June 2017
- NSW Government Funding To Commence $90M Upgrade Of Mona Vale Road East - June 2016
- Bill To Facilitate Mona Vale Road Upgrades Passes: Vital Fauna Bridge Discussed - Stage 3, Mona Vale Road Upgrade- West, one step closer - June 2016
- Angus's Onion Orchid at Ingleside?? by David Palmer, PNHA - October 2015
- Community Feedback Sought On Mona Vale Road Upgrade - November 2014
- Once Was Barrenjoey - Can Community Reduce Fauna Road Deaths - Community Consultation on stage 2 (between Mona Vale and Ingleside) for Mona Vale Road upgrades is expected to begin later this year and will also include fauna connectivity options: if you too are distressed by the growing numbers of wallabies, possums and bandicoot road deaths, supporting a few other locals may help - August 2014
- Upgrades To Start on Mona Vale Road - June 2014
- Delivering Infrastructure - Upgrading Mona Vale Road - March 2014
To left hand side of road:
To right hand side heading west:
On left hand side heading west just past Manor road intersection:
Heading down hill past the Bahai Temple the first changes by the Mona Vale Road West works where excavated materials are being placed shows:
Through remaining tree avenue on way to Kimbriki:
Return journey (from Kimbriki):
Past Manor Road: