Shire Gateway Path - Como

Replacement of the timber retaining wall along the pathway leading to the pedestrian bridge over Georges River.

Works start date: Jul 2019

Works end date: Nov 2019

Documents / Plans: Como Pathway Closure

Works location: 16R Como Parade, Como - runs within the T4 Illawarra railway corridor View on map

The Shire Gateway Path will be closed from Friday 26 July 2019 - 7am to 6pm from Monday to Friday, with the path due to reopen from end November.

Reason for works

Originally constructed of hardwood sleepers (from the old rail line) in 1985 as part of the associated works for re-opening the old Como Railway Bridge as a pedestrian link, the retaining wall has reached the end of its useful life and requires replacement.

This is a popular pedestrian path and cycleway (shared pathway) link to the recreational destination of Como Pleasure Grounds (a regionally significant area), nearby sports fields, marina and restaurants.

As such, this route encourages people to walk or cycle rather than drive and is an important link between local communities separated by the Georges River.  This active transport corridor forms part of Sutherland Shire Council’s Bike Plan and is a designated RMS regional route.

These works will improve the amenity along the shared pathway that links the Como Railway Bridge to Cremona Road, and bring renewed vigour to this entrance to Sutherland Shire.

Scope of works

These works will include:

  • Site clearing, removal of trees and trimming of branches
  • Removal and disposal of existing retaining walls
  • Construction of drainage works
  • Construction of footings and new retaining walls
  • Re-sheeting existing asphalt pavement
  • Minor landscaping and furnishings

Project schedule

The expected delivery milestones are:

  • Concept design - Completed
  • Community consultation - Completed
  • Detail design - Completed
  • Approvals - Completed
  • Tender - Completed
  • Site establishment -From July
  • Expected project completion -end November 2019

Public impacts during construction

  • Works are due to begin from Friday 26 July 2019 and the path will reopen from end November.
  • Preparation works will begin on Thursday 25 July, during this time the path will be narrowed and riders will need to dismount.
  • The pathway will be closed 7am to 6pm from Monday to Friday
  • The pathway will be open on weekends and riders are required to dismount from both ends of the path
  • The carpark will remain open although, there will temporarily be reduced parking available.
  • There may be some inconvenience to parking and vehicular access whilst materials are delivered to site.
  • These works may create additional noise and dust during construction as we undertake this necessary upgrade to repair the retaining walls.

We understand that this work may have an impact on you and apologise for any inconvenience. We appreciate your cooperation and patience whilst we carry out these essential works.

Funding

This project is fully funded from Section 94 contributions.

FAQs 

Will the path be open on weekends?

 Yes, the path will be open on weekends but will be reduced in width due to the location of the work site. Cyclists will have to dismount.

 Are there changes to parking?

There will be reduced parking to allow room for equipment to be stored near the site.

Why can’t the path remain open during the work?

There is not enough room to safely carry out the work and still allow pedestrians and cyclists to pass.

Was a detour considered?

Yes, a detour was considered through RailCorp land on top of the embankment, however this was ruled out as impractical following identification of numerous and significant hazards to the general public. Some of the significant hazards ranged from uneven ground, poor and unstable fencing, falls from height, lack of lighting, proximity to a power station and steep paths.

Who is the bridge owned by?

Sydney Water.

Is the access path on our land or RailCorp's?

The path is located on RailCorp land however, Sutherland Shire Council is responsible for maintenance of the shared path.

Why is it taking so long to complete?

The path widening creates risks to structural stability of the embankment which supports significant government assets, as well as heritage listed assets above, below and adjacent to the works.  Following professional advice, the works will be carried out in short stages to ensure these assets are not compromised.

Are we working with Georges River Council?

Yes, we have consulted them and they are aware of our works.

Are there any plans for lighting?

There currently is lighting on the path. There are no upgrades to the lighting planned during these works.

What are the alternative travel arrangements?

  • Public Transport (Sydney Trains) - the nearest Stations are at Como and Oatley.
  • Use of the path outside of construction hours Monday to Friday.*
  • Use of the path on weekends.*

*   The path will be reduced in width due to the location of the work site and will be narrower than the AUSTROADS requirement for a Shared Pathway.  Cyclists will have to dismount for this section of the pathway.

Is there a chance part of it can be reopened whilst construction is taking place?

The path will be opened outside of work hours throughout the week and all day on weekends.

 

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