Where is the Tramway seawall and the shared path?
Why do we need a new seawall?
The aging seawall is becoming increasingly unstable and unsafe due to the harsh environment. The installation of a new seawall designed for the ocean conditions will provide a more permanent, safer solution for the community.
Why do we need a new shared path?
The condition of the original shared path has deteriorated overtime and is in need of repair. The Tramway Seawall upgrade provides an opportunity to consider a modified design of the shared path to enhance the safety and amenity of the popular foreshore location.
What upgrade works will be undertaken?
The proposed works will involve installation of a new seawall between The Cutting at North Wollongong and Continental Pool. The Tramway shared path will be upgraded, with sections of the path widened, resurfaced and new paving laid. In addition, seating, fencing, lighting and public art installations will be strategically placed between North Beach Pavilion and Belmore Basin.
When will the works commence and how long will it take?
The works are expected to commence in February 2017 and will be completed by mid 2018. The Tramway seawall is over 300m in length and will be the longest stretch of seawall to be upgraded by Council. The scale of these works, working environment on the rock shelf and unpredictable weather, ocean and tidal conditions require many months of favourable conditions to complete the upgrade.
Can I still use the path during works?
There will be no access to the Tramway shared path and Gentleman’s Ocean Pool for the duration of the works. Council acknowledges that this will be inconvenient for those who regularly use this facility and the pathway, but we ask for your patience while these essential works are completed. The Continental Pool will remain open with access via a temporary access from Cliff Road. Disability access to the Continental Pool will be via the Belmore Basin entrance of the shared path and will be subject to traffic control.
Will there be much noise during construction?
These works require specialised machinery to dig into the marine environment. Council will be undertaking test excavations along the seawall in mid-2016 with this equipment. Noise and vibration monitoring will be carried out at this time to identify potential impacts on residents prior to works commencing.
To maximise tidal conditions and works efficiencies, the seawall construction may require extended working hours.
Will the centre line remain on the path following works?
What alternative access paths will be established?
During works, pedestrians and cyclists will be directed to use the Cliff Road pathway and existing cycle lane as an alternative while the tramway seawall and shared path is under construction.
What will happen to the major events that utilise the Tramway?
Council is working closely with local event providers to devise alternatives for major activities and events scheduled in this area during the works.
How will the heritage of the Tramway be preserved?
What is the history of the Tramway alignment and seawall?
How can I have my say?
- Thursday 30 June 2016, 7.30am - 9am
- Saturday 2 July 2016, 10am - 1pm
What happens next?
The feedback from the community will be included in a report informing the final design. Updates will be available on Council’s website.