Redhead Beach Access Improved

Filed under Council, News ~ by Press on  12 Jul 2019

Works to provide safer pedestrian access to Lake Macquarie’s popular Redhead Beach are now underway with Lake Macquarie City Council starting works on-site this week.

The improvement works include the construction of 165m of new footpath, pedestrian refuge and other pedestrian improvements on the southern side of Beach Road. Additional improvements will see significant road reconstruction along Beach Road, the installation of kerb and channel, guardrail and pedestrian fencing, upgrades to drainage and reconstruction of the footpath at the northeast corner of Beach Road and Steel Street. 

Council’s Asset Manager Helen Plummer said the new footpath will create a continuous link between existing footpaths along Collier, Steel and Cowlishaw streets connecting the retail hub of Redhead to the beach.

The new path will also provide a safe passage between the popular playground at Webb Park and Redhead Beach.

Despite having a relatively small population of about 3500 people, Redhead features a number of popular destinations for visitors including its stunning coastline, the Ken and Audrey Walkway and Webb Park, drawing crowds of people from across the region,” Ms Plummer said.

With traffic and pedestrian volumes in the area continually increasing, it is essential for enhancements to be undertaken in this area to improve accessibility and safety for the community.”

There will be changes to traffic conditions during the work but we will minimise disruptions to the community wherever possible. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and adhere to speed reductions and signage in place.

Works are expected to be complete by late 2019, weather permitting. 

Council recently completed works to construct an accessible ramp at Redhead Beach to make it easier for users including wheelchair users, people using mobility aids and parents using prams to access the beach.

Council is poised to spend more than $37.5 million on road works and traffic improvements in 2019-2020.

Project by numbers
  • 165m of new footpath
  • 115m of new road pavement (between Allard and Alison streets)
  • 50m of new guardrail
  • 25m3 of concrete
  • 8 new kerb ramps
  • 1 new pedestrian refuge
Thosby’s comment

You know what they say about four-wheel drive vehicles ~ they just allow you to get bogged in a more difficult place.

Well, looking at that lovely pedestrian access ramp, Throsby’s first thought was wow, that will allow wheelchair users and mobility scooters to get bogged further out on the beach.

Too soon? Sorry.

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