Heathcote Road Bridge

Safety improvements for Heathcote Road bridge over Woronora River

Transport for NSW will deliver needed safety and widening works and make the bridge safer for motorists including larger vehicles.

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03 FEB 2021

03 FEB 2021Facebook live community information session

DEC 2020

DEC 2020Have your say on the Heathcote Road bridge REF

Visit the Heathcote Road bridge information centre to have your say. Transport for NSW has carried out an environmental assessment for the Heathcote Road bridge widening project. We welcome your comments on the Review of Environmental Factors, as well as on our management plans to minimise any likely impacts to the environment, biodiversity, heritage, soil and water around Heathcote Road bridge.

Submissions are now open.

SEP 2020

SEP 2020Community engagement report released

Transport for NSW carried out community consultation on safety improvements to the Heathcote road narrow bridge in May and June 2020.

The campaign reached 210,070 people with 1,042 providing their comments.

The engagement findings are now available in the report Proposed safety improvements to Heathcote Road narrow bridge over Woronora River, Engadine.

Diagram comparing the widths of the current and proposed widened bridge, as described in the text
Diagram comparing the widths of the current narrow bridge and proposed widened bridge

Project information

The official name of the bridge is Bridge 152, however it is often referred to as 'the narrow bridge over Woronora River'.

For the community this bridge symbolically represents a time, some 75 years ago, when the bridge was all that connected the south to the west.

Built by the military the narrow Heathcote Road Bridge over Woronora River history dates back to 1943. The bridge sits over the Woronora River nestled amongst the spectacular Heathcote and Royal National Park.

Transport for NSW is making improvements to the bridge as it is limited in width, and has a history of community concern for motorist safety when crossing the bridge.

  • The narrow bridge on Heathcote Road over the Woronora River is over 75 years old, and its being improved to make it safer to travel.
  • We've listened to the community and their concerns that the bridge is in need of safety improvements. Narrow road lanes and shoulders of the bridge do not provide for the free and continuous flow of road traffic.
  • Investigations have identified improvements to lane and shoulder widths, including on the approaches that will bring the bridge in line with today's safety standards.
  • The plan is to carry out the works uninterrupted over six months to complete the improvements swiftly and reduce how long the community is affected by the bridge and road closures.

The key benefits to the community include:

  • improved road safety across the bridge
  • reducing the risk of potential road accidents due to wider lane widths
  • improved travel time on Heathcote Road between New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights and the Princes Highway, Engadine
  • support growth in Sydney's population by improving transport connectivity and better access to employment opportunities for the community
  • bridge improvements will preserve an important part of the local community's history

Thank you for the feedback, the report is now available on our website. The community will have a chance to provide feedback on the Review of Environmental Factors later this year.

Transport for NSW will release a submissions report following the current public exhibition of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) at the Heathcote Road online information centre.

Early construction work will commence late 2021. At this time final design will also be completed and approved. Transport for NSW will be able to advise the community about the full construction schedule.

We will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses.

Timeline

Timeline

Quarter 2 2020

Facebook Live information session
3 June

Community consultation closes
5 June

Quarter 3 2020

Community consultation report
released

Quarter 4 2020

Review of Environmental Factors
released

Quarter 4 2021

Detailed bridge improvements
design completed

Early construction works starts

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Contact us

For more information please contact the project team:

Phone: 1800 161 342

Enquiries: HeathcoteRoadBridge@transport.nsw.gov.au

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