WestConnex Weekly Update
Changed traffic conditions – Wattle Street, Haberfield
Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that due to scheduling issues, the Wattle Street traffic change outlined in Notification N361 will now occur over two weekends. From 8pm to 10am on Saturday 11 August 2018, work will commence to implement significant traffic changes along Wattle Street between Parramatta Road and Crane Avenue. Changes to be made on the first night - 8pm to 10am Saturday 11 August 2018 – involves splitting of traffic westbound on Wattle Street, with vehicles turning left onto Parramatta Road needing to remain in the far left lane. On the second night - Saturday 18 August 2018 - a new right turn lane from Wattle Street eastbound into Ramsay Street southbound will be created, and the G-loop from Wattle Street onto Waratah Street will be closed. Further, a temporary no right turn from Waratah Street onto Dobroyd Parade will be implemented, and an additional right turn lane from Wattle Street westbound into Ramsay Street northbound will be created. For more information refer to Local Updates.
Infrastructure installation – Parramatta Road, Ashfield
SMC has advised that from Monday 13 August 2018, work will commence to install Intelligent Transport Services (ITS) and signage infrastructure along the footpath on Parramatta Road between Liverpool Road and Orpington Street, Ashfield. Work is expected to take up to four months to complete, with updates provided monthly. Night work will be undertaken between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Monday. Additional information is available on Local Updates.
Night work & traffic changes – Euston Road, Campbell Road & Burrows Road, Alexandria
Optus night work to remove overhead cables is scheduled to take place on Euston Road, Campbell Road and Burrows Road at the intersection of Campbell Road on Monday 13 August 2018 from 7pm to 5am. This is within the City of Sydney, but close to the City’s border with Inner West Council. Changed traffic conditions will apply in connection with this work. For more information on the traffic changes, refer to Local Updates.
Day work & road closure – Church Street, St Peters
SMC has confirmed that a road closure is required for approximately eight weeks on Church Street at the Campbell Street intersection. This is to finalise the new road and footpath on the southern side of Campbell Street from Crown Street, across the Princes Highway to Brown Street. Work will take place during standard daytime construction hours. If work is required outside of these hours, the community will be notified. The road closure will remain in place day and night for the duration of the work from 7am Monday 13 August 2018. Details (including maps of the traffic changes) are available on Local Updates.
Camdenville Park restoration meeting
Council staff recently met with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) representatives to discuss Council’s issues with the restoration of Camdenville Park. Issues include: the need for an integrated urban/landscape design approach that considers the whole of the park rather than just elements in isolation; the need to identify water quality bioremediation measures; challenges in achieving suitable alignments of walk/cycle paths due to the location and height of the motorway wall and its relationship to existing pumps; and options for the return of the leased space back to Council.
WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry submission workshops
As previously reported, on 21 June 2018 the NSW Legislative Council’s Upper House Public Accountability Committee announced it had commenced an inquiry into the impact of WestConnex. Further information is available on the NSW Parliament website. The inquiry will investigate the business case, benefit-cost analysis, governance structure of the organisations involved, compulsory acquisitions and relationship to other motorway projects. Inner West Council remains opposed to WestConnex and will be making a strong submission that raises a variety of issues, including: inadequate business case; poor planning and management processes; air quality impacts; construction impacts such as noise, vibration, dust, odour and contaminants; noise, safety and amenity impacts from truck movements; worker parking pressures; and the social and economic impacts of the compulsory acquisitions.
Council is encouraging residents to make a submission and is convening a set of workshops to assist with this process. Council is also interested to learn about the community’s issues so these can be integrated into Council’s submission. Workshop details and instructions on how to make a submission are available on Council’s website, and a summary of workshops is as follows:
- Haberfield Library - Michael Maher Room – Ground floor, Wednesday 15 August, 1:30-3pm;
- Leichhardt Town Hall – Ground floor, Thursday 16 August, 6:30-8pm; and
- St Peters Town Hall – Ground floor, Friday 17 August, 10:30am-12noon.
Council will be considering a report that includes a draft inquiry submission at its 14 August 2018 meeting. The report to can be accessed on Council’s website. Issues raised at the Council meeting will be integrated into the draft submission, along with issues raised at the community workshops. A final submission will be lodged by the due date of 31 August 2018.
FIX NSW TRANSPORT – City Lantern Walk
A coalition of anti-WestConnex advocacy groups plans to hold a lantern walk at 5:30pm on Saturday August 11 2018 commencing at Sydney Town Hall Square. For more information, visit www.westconnex.info or email email@example.com.
Changed traffic conditions – Wattle Street, Haberfield
Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Wednesday 8 August 2018, work will commence to implement significant traffic changes along Wattle Street between Parramatta Road and Crane Avenue, weather and ground conditions permitting. These changes will occur over two nights. On the first night on Friday 10 August 2018 from 8pm to 8am, a new right turn lane from Wattle Street eastbound to Ramsay Street southbound will be opened, and the G-loop from Wattle Street onto Waratah Street closed. Further, a temporary no right turn from Waratah Street onto Dobroyd Parade (City West Link) will be implemented, and an additional right turn lane from Wattle Street westbound to Ramsay Street northbound opened. On Sunday 12 August 2018 from 8pm to 8am, work will be carried out to split westbound traffic on Wattle Street, where vehicles turning left onto Parramatta Road will need to remain in the far left lane. For more information refer to Local Updates.
Construction and utility work – Parramatta Road Civil Site
Work continues around the Parramatta Road construction site. SMC has advised that road works will be undertaken from Wednesday 8 August 2018 for three weeks. These works include adjusting traffic barriers, asphalting, signage, crash cushions and line marking as well as investigating and installing utilities and other services. During this time, weekend work on Chandos Street at Haberfield may be required, and a separate notification issued if necessary. Works will be carried out during standard construction hours and at night from 6pm to 5am Monday to Sunday. More information is available on Local Updates.
Drainage work – Iron Cove Creek, Haberfield
SMC has confirmed from Monday 30 July 2018 work will continue to complete the installation of a new stormwater drainage connection to Iron Cove Creek. Work is expected to take a month, finishing on Monday 3 September 2018. Work hours will be Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm, 8am to 1pm Saturday and 9pm to 5am Sunday to Monday. More information is available on Local Updates.
Signage preparation work – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield
Commencing Wednesday 4 August 2018, work will be undertaken to prepare for installation of an Advance Warning Light (AWS) on Dalhousie Street Haberfield. The AWS is a directional sign which will assist motorists navigate the new interchange. SMC advises parking will be limited in the vicinity of the work site. Works are expected to be completed by Friday 7 September 2018. Standard construction hours apply, with no night work required. For more information, refer to Local Updates.
Construction traffic & access management plan
SMC has posted an updated construction traffic and access management plan (TAMP - Revision 19) on Local Updates. It forms part of the Stage 1 construction environment management plan (CEMP). The purpose of the TAMP is to describe how project contractors manage vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian traffic and access during construction to satisfy conditions of approval.
Intelligent transport system installation & temporary parking removal – Barwon Park Road, St Peters
Work will begin along the eastern (Sydney park) side of Barwon Park Road for the installation of Intelligent Transport Sydney (ITS) infrastructure. This will support new closed circuit television (CCTV) facilities to be installed at the Princes Highway / Campbell Street intersection to monitor traffic and provide updated traffic information to local Variable Message Signs (VMS), to be installed. Temporary parking restrictions will be in place on the eastern (Sydney park) side of Barwon Park Road throughout this period. Work will commence on Monday 6 August 2018 and is expected to take up to five weeks to complete. Standard construction hours apply. For more information, refer to Local Updates.
Monthly interface meeting
Council staff met with New M5, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and SMC representatives at a monthly interface meeting on Friday 3 August 2018. The following matters were discussed: May Street intersection; Barwon Park Road works and temporary parking removal; altered waste collection routes; and landscaping and tree removal along Unwins Bridge Road, May Street and Brown Street.
FIX NSW TRANSPORT – City Lantern Walk
A coalition of anti-WestConnex advocacy groups plans to hold a lantern walk at 5:30pm on Saturday August 11 2018 commencing at Sydney Town Hall Square. More information will be provided as it becomes available. To be involved in organising the event, or for more information, visit www.westconnex.info or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Variable Message Sign (VMS) preparation work – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield
Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Monday 30 July 2018 work will commence to prepare for the installation of an electronic VMS on Dalhousie Street Haberfield. The sign will provide up-to-date information on traffic conditions and incidents and events (planned and unplanned). This work is due to be completed on Thursday 30 August 2018. Construction hours are 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9pm to 5am Sunday to Monday. For more information refer to Local Updates.
Ambient air quality & weather monitoring
SMC has released the ambient air quality and weather monitoring for the period 1 June 2018 to 30 June 2018 for the M4 East. It reports on air quality monitoring data from the six external ambient air quality monitoring stations along the M4 East: Allen Street (Homebush), Powells Creak (Concord), St Lukes (Concord), Concord Oval, Ramsay Street (Haberfield) and Haberfield Primary School. The data presented in this report describes air quality measurements and compares monitoring results. SMC has also released graphs of the monthly averages of particulate matter 10 (PM10) and particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5). Results have been quality-assured and compliance achieved with relevant accreditation requirements where applicable. To view the report, refer to Local Updates.
Walker Avenue Neighbourhood Group (WANG) meeting
Council staff recently met with WANG members to discuss a range of issues, including: traffic safety issues associated with the noise barrier in the middle of Walker Avenue (Parramatta Road end); Haberfield Gardens design details (including landscaping); deposits of soot on residents’ roofs, and its likely sources; dilapidation concerns; and on-going worker parking issues. All agreed that these issues be taken up with M4 East project staff at interface meetings, and that meetings between WANG and Council staff be held on a regular basis (about every six weeks).
Monthly interface meeting
Council staff recently met with M4 East and SMC representatives at a monthly interface meeting. The following matters were raised and discussed: Wattle Street drainage, including Ash Lane; Dobroyd Parade noise wall construction; continuing road closure at Chandos Street; re-opening of Ormond Street; and WANG issues, including on-going safety concerns with Walker Avenue road barrier; worker parking; and Haberfield Gardens landscaping.
Day work & road closure – Hutchinson Street, St Peters
A notice has been posted confirming a full road closure on Hutchinson Street to carry out utility service installation. The road closure will remain in place from 7am Tuesday 31 July 2018 to 6pm Saturday 4 August 2018. While construction work will be undertaken between the hours of 7am and 6pm Tuesday to Friday and 8am to 6pm on Saturday, the road closure on Hutchinson Street will remain in place for the duration of the work - from 7am Tuesday 31 July 2018 to 6pm Saturday 4 August 2018. For more information, refer to Local Updates.
WestConnex community reference groups (WCRG) special meeting
As previously reported, on 12 July 2018 an extraordinary WCRG meeting was held to inform the group about further details of WestConnex Stage 3(a). Minutes from this meeting have now been placed on the WestConnex website.
Report to Council on air quality & noise concerns
At its 24 July 2018 meeting, Council considered a report entitled WestConnex Air Quality & Noise Concerns and made a number of resolutions. The report and full resolution are available on Council’s website. In summary, the resolutions are:
- a new “air quality, pollution, environmental and traffic impacts” fund is considered at the next quarterly review;
- Council to write to relevant organisations inviting their partnership and seeking advice on how Council can work with the Haberfield P&C and others to implement air and noise monitoring and analyse and share the results;
- Council to write to the NSW Minister for the Environment and Minister for Health over a number of requested actions in relation to air quality and noise monitoring;
- The above ministers and their staff to meet with Council to discuss an air/noise monitoring implementation program and the ongoing air/noise issues residents are experiencing as a result of WestConnex.
At this meeting Council also resolved to investigate boundary fence issues at Wattle Street, Haberfield and to write to request that the NSW Government offer to pay Council rates to compensate affected residents for the impacts WestConnex, particularly as construction will be ongoing until 2023.
It was previously reported in the Weekly Update Report that on 21 June 2018 the NSW Legislative Council’s Upper House Public Accountability Committee announced it had commenced an inquiry into the impacts of WestConnex. The inquiry will examine a range of issues including: the cost of the project; its governance structures; the compulsory acquisition of properties as part of the development; and the project’s relationship with other road projects in Sydney. To view the media release, click here. Submissions can be made online until 31 August 2018.
At its 24 July 2018 meeting, Council considered a report entitled WestConnex Air Quality & Noise Concerns and made a number of resolutions described above. A further resolution was made in relation to the inquiry. In summary, these are:
- Council provides information on the Council website to residents regarding the inquiry’s key issues, how to make a submission and key issues that could be included in a submission;
- Council to use e-news, social media and the Inner West Council page in the Inner West Courier to inform residents about the inquiry and how they can make a submission; and
- Council to convene a public workshop on how to make a submission providing information on some of the key issues that can be included in a submission.
The report and full resolution are available on Council’s website. This resolution is now being actioned. Relevant information will be posted on Council’s website and through other media outlets shortly, and the community will soon be informed of details of the community workshop.
Permanent noise wall construction – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield
Further to notification No. 308, SMC has advised that from Monday 23 July 2018, work will continue on construction of the Dobroyd Parade noise wall. This work is expected to take longer to complete than previously advised, with a new completion date of Monday 27 August 2018. Residents will be updated on progress of the work. For further details, refer to Local Updates.
Driveway work – 83 Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield
SMC has advised that from Monday 23 July 2018, work will commence to install drainage across the driveway of 83 Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield. Access will be retained via a re-routed temporary alignment. This work is expected to take up to six weeks to complete and standard day time hours will apply. For more information, refer to Local Updates.
Administrative modification of Conditions E9, E11, E21, E29 and E39
Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) recently applied to the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) for a modification to the following M4 East Conditions of Approval:
- E9, which specifies goals for ambient monitoring of air pollutants;
- E11, which requires reporting of exceedances of the goals in conditions E2, E3 and E4;
- E21, which requires reporting of real time ambient monitoring;
- E29, which requires the preparation of Operational Noise Management Plan; and
- E39, which requires the preparation of an Emergency Response Plan six months prior to operations and the provision for a simulated emergency response exercise one month prior to operation.
As this was considered by DP&E to be an administrative modification, Council was not notified or asked to make a submission, and it was approved by DP&E on Wednesday 4 July 2018. More information on this modification is available on the DP&E website.
Road closures – Campbell Street (east) between Princes Highway & Barwon Park Road, St Peters
A full road closure will be implemented on Campbell Street (east) between Princes Highway and Barwon Park Road to facilitate utility service installation and commissioning of a newly-installed water main. The Campbell Street closure will be in place from 7am Monday 23 July 2018 to 7am Wednesday 25 July 2018 inclusive, and one night shift will be undertaken from 7am Tuesday 24 July 2018 to 7am Wednesday 25 July 2018. Outside of these works, Crown Street will remain open to one-way traffic southbound only. For more details, refer to Local Updates.
Night work, day-time closure & traffic changes – Albert Street, Campbell Street (west) & Church Street, St Peters
SMC has advised that from Wednesday 25 July 2018, night-works will be undertaken in Albert Street from 7pm to 5am to install power and communications conduits. Traffic control will be in place. On Friday 27 July 2018, there will be a road closure and associated traffic changes from 7am to 6pm on Campbell Street (west) and Church Street to allow for utility work. For more detailed information, refer to Local Updates.
Have your say – New M5 Draft Public Art Strategy
The New M5 Draft Public Art Strategy is now available on the WestConnex website. The draft strategy aims to encourage discussion of public art opportunities for the New M5 project. Inner West Council has been consulted on the draft strategy, and SMC now invites feedback to finalise the strategy and help inform criteria for artists’ briefs and how the community would like to be engaged. Two community session will be held. The first will be on Monday 30 July 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the New M5 Project site office at 30 Garema Circuit, Kingsgrove. The second will be on Wednesday 1 August 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the New M5 community information centre at 27 Burrows Road St Peters. A feedback form is available online and further information is available from the New M5 community engagement team on 1 800 660 248.
Geotechnical investigations – Alfred Street & Cambridge Street, Rozelle & Grove Street, Lilyfield
Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has advised that geotechnical investigations and site inspections are being undertaken to gather information about ground conditions within the M4-M5 Link project area. The work includes drilling boreholes and extracting soil samples. The work requires light vehicles and a trailer-mounted generator. Heavy vehicles will not be used. Work is scheduled to be undertaken as follows:
- Alfred Street, Rozelle: Monday 9 July 2018 to Saturday 21 July 2018;
- Cambridge Street, Rozelle: Wednesday 11 July 2018 to Saturday 28 July 2018: and
- Grove Street, Lilyfield: Monday 16 July 2018 to Saturday 28 July 2018.
All works will be undertaken during standard daytime construction hours. Enquiries to RMS can be made on 1 800 660 248 during business hours or by email to email@example.com.