Wongawilli Access Project

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Wongawilli Road looking east

Stage 1 of the Wongawilli Access Project aims to ensure Wongawilli has the necessary infrastructure to support its growing population, reduce flood risks and increase safety approaching the rail crossing. It includes improving stormwater management, widening Wongawilli Road, building a shared path on the northern side of the road and landscaping from the Wongawilli mine entrance to the Shone Avenue intersection. It forms part of our West Dapto Access Strategy.

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For background on the project, please view the Frequently Asked Questions, Documents, Important Links and Photos on this page.

Funding for Stage 1 of this project has come from developer contributions under the West Dapto, (Section 94) Development Contributions Plan; Federal Government Grant for Building Better Regional Cities; and, State Government NSW Restart Resources for Regions program.

For further information: Email: engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au or Call: (02) 4227 7111

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Stage 1 of the Wongawilli Access Project aims to ensure Wongawilli has the necessary infrastructure to support its growing population, reduce flood risks and increase safety approaching the rail crossing. It includes improving stormwater management, widening Wongawilli Road, building a shared path on the northern side of the road and landscaping from the Wongawilli mine entrance to the Shone Avenue intersection. It forms part of our West Dapto Access Strategy.

You can sign up to receive email updates about the project or take a look at the latest in our news feed below.

For background on the project, please view the Frequently Asked Questions, Documents, Important Links and Photos on this page.

Funding for Stage 1 of this project has come from developer contributions under the West Dapto, (Section 94) Development Contributions Plan; Federal Government Grant for Building Better Regional Cities; and, State Government NSW Restart Resources for Regions program.

For further information: Email: engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au or Call: (02) 4227 7111

If you’re Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service. If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. You’ll need to provide our phone number (02) 4227 7111 for either service.

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  • Works Update 21 March 2022

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    From Monday 21 March to Wednesday 23 March, we’ll be undertaking night works at the intersection of Shone Avenue, West Dapto Road and Wongawilli Road between 9pm and 5am.

    This project is part of a larger piece of work already underway to relocate the existing water mains beneath Shone Avenue.

    We’ve scheduled this element of the project to be completed at night to help reduce the impact to our residents and those using the road and to improve the safety for construction workers. This means that during construction between 9pm to 5am, traffic will be diverted along an alternative route along either West Dapto and Darkes Road, or Bong Bong Road due to full closure of Shone Avenue at the intersection of West Dapto Road and Wongawilli Road.

    Works to install the new pipework are anticipated to finish by 5am, Wednesday 23 March, pending weather conditions.

    “Council has a long-term vision for access to and from West Dapto that we are working to implement with minimal disruption. Our aim is to develop a network of roads and active transport links that will form an integrated and connected community,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

    “All of our completed and upcoming upgrades, including the completion of the Karrara Bridge in 2020, will help work towards our plan to meet the changing needs of current and future residents of West Dapto.

    “While we’re onsite this week to complete this part of the project, we ask that all drivers continue to follow the road rules and planning ahead if you plan to travel during this area this week. We ask that all road users, including emergency services, use the alternate routes offered during the short construction period.”

  • Works Update 10 March 2022

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    The weather has been a persistent factor for crews working throughout the Wollongong region including Wongawilli Road. However, progress continues. This month Council crews have constructed almost all the traffic blisters along Wongawilli Road. There are three left complete.

    After these are completed, we can move on to finishing storm water drainage work and measures to direct water flow during extreme weather events at the western end. Then the final piece of Kerb and gutter connecting new driveways will be completed.

    At the eastern end, Cadifern is lowering the water main and finishing off stormwater inlets and outlets to make way for the upgrade of Shone Avenue.

    Please ensure you take care passing through the construction area and consider traffic management measures that may need to be put in place.

  • Works Update 20 December 2021

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    Since the completion of the final asphalt seal we have been able to undertake work on other parts of the project:

    • Staff have completed the northern side concrete shared path construction from Smiths Lane to Shone Avenue
    • Line marking was completed on Wednesday 8 December as a priority for the safety of motorists and road users. The concrete shared path line marking is to follow
    • Turf and spray grass to the northern concrete shared path has been completed
    • Pedestrian access paths and ramps at the Smiths Lane intersection are nearing completion now that Telstra has finalised the adjustment of their Pits to meet the new footpath levels.
    • Street tree planting has continued along Wongawilli Road, with more to come in the new year
    • Tiger tails are scheduled to be removed by Endeavour Energy on Thursday 16 December

    On Wednesday 22 December, staff will vacate the site for the Christmas shutdown. The remaining time leading into the Christmas break will be used to complete minor tasks such as sign installation, repairs to minor defects, site refurbishment and rehabilitation.

    Staff will return in the new year to commence the construction of traffic islands between Shone Avenue and Smiths Lane.

    This will wrap things up for the year. Thank you again for your cooperation and patience through this extensive work and have a wonderful holiday

  • Works Update 18 November 2021

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    The entire work crew and Council team would like to extend a big thank you to all the residents in Wongawilli for their cooperation and patience during the reconstruction of Wongawilli Road. We are impressed and very appreciative of how residents have handled the changed traffic and parking conditions over this time.

    The final Asphalt sealing of Wongawilli Road between Shone Avenue and Smiths Lane was completed on Saturday 13 November.

    Now the final seal is completed, it will need up to two weeks to cure before line marking of all travel lanes and parking lanes can take place.

    Work taking place:

    • Council staff have started formalising the Smiths Lane intersection pedestrian access with construction of a concrete shared path and pedestrian ramp
    • Staff will also continue the construction of the concrete shared path on the east bound kerb side
    • Street tree planting will commence next week for property owners, with further landscaping to take place as the concrete shared path progresses

    Please note:

    • Traffic control will be in place to enable the safe construction of the shared path on the east bound kerb side
  • Works Update 28 October 2021

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    Road reconstruction is now well underway with many sections of the project being completed or nearing completion.

    The site is still under traffic control with major construction continuing. We would like to ask that you please make sure that you drive to the conditions.

    • Smiths Lane intersection will be closed and under detours until asphalt is laid Monday 15 November.

    We would also like to reassure you that our staff onsite are very approachable and are more than happy to manage any requests that you may have.

    Newly completed work:

    • The West bound parking and travel lanes initial asphalt layer completed. (see photo)

    This is now two lanes – two way travel for motorists at Wongawilli Road is available while the east bound lanes are under construction.

    Nearing completion:

    • The final asphalt on the entire Wongawilli Road pavement, Shone Avenue to Smiths Lane, is booked for Monday 15 November, weather permitting.
    • Retaining walls are nearing completion with minor general works to be finalised over the next two weeks.

    In Planning:

    • Street trees have been sourced and are on order with planting scheduled for mid to late November.
    • Line marking is scheduled for late November - once asphalt has cured.
    • Council staff will commence shared path concrete construction from smiths Lane to Shone Avenue once all asphalt has been completed in Mid-November.
  • Works Update 14 October 2021

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    The significant volume of work continues along Wongawilli Road with multiple Council and Contractor crews on site.

    Part of this work is the reconstruction of the travel lanes along Wongawilli Road. We would like to let you know that in the short term we are unable to provide two way vehicle movements at all times while this work is being undertaken.

    These conditions will continue over the weekend and into early next week when on Wednesday, we will asphalt the two south side lanes and open them back up to two way traffic.

    Working closely with Traffic Logistics we are managing vehicle movements through the area with signage and traffic control during and after business hours.

    We will continue to monitor progress and make changes if needed.

    Please make sure that you drive to the conditions. Remember that the area is under traffic control and you are passing through major construction.

    We would also like to reassure that our staff onsite are very approachable and are more than happy to manage any requests that you may have.

  • Works update 6 October 2021

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    The significant volume of work continues along Wongawilli Road with multiple Council and Contractor crews on site.

    Please make sure that you drive to the conditions. Remember that the area is under traffic control and you are passing through major construction.

    Newly completed work:

    • All stormwater pipes have now been installed in Wongawilli Road.
    • The northern side concrete kerb & gutter has been poured (see attached photo)
    • Stormwater pits and lintels completed on the newly poured kerb & gutter

    Under construction:

    • Smiths Lane intersection is under construction with kerb and gutter to be completed by the end of the week
    • Block retaining walls are underway and will be completed by the Mid October
    • Road and pavement reconstruction will commence at the southern kerbside lane Monday 11 October. No on street parking will be available to motorists while this is underway. Access to properties will be restricted and the site will continue to be under traffic control conditions.

    In planning:

    • Street trees are currently being sourced for the remainder of landscaping at property frontages
    • The section of line marking from Smiths Lane to Bankbook Drive is scheduled in for mid-October.

    Please remember:

    • Road and pavement reconstruction on the southern kerbside lane will prevent any on street parking and restrict access to properties while this work is underway
    • The site will continue to be under traffic control conditions and motorists are asked to drive to conditions.
    • Property owners are reminded to park vehicles off the street and out of the construction zones where possible.
  • Works update 16 September 2021

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    There is a large amount of work currently underway on Wongawilli Road between Smiths Lane and Shone Avenue with multiple Council Crews and Contractors currently onsite.

    Please make sure that you drive to the conditions. Remember that the area is under traffic control and you are passing through major construction.

    Here is a snapshot of what is happening:

    • Council have completed all the Kerb and Gutter construction on the south side of Wongawilli Road, including over the culverts.
    • Staff will now focus on finalising all pit construction along the newly poured kerb over culverts. Photos below
    • Work is well underway on the North side pavement with preparations for a kerb and gutter concrete pour on Wednesday 22 September.
    • Council staff will continue to manage the condition of the temporary road surface and dust as construction continues.
    • Cadifern have commenced the installation of stormwater pipe crossings at the intersection of Smiths Lane and Wongawilli Road. Traffic movement through the intersection will be reduced to one way as this takes place.
    • The retaining wall construction between smiths Lane and Jersey Farm Road will commence on Monday, 20th September 2021 and is expected to take approximately 3 weeks.

    Please remember:

    • The site will continue to be under traffic control conditions and motorists are asked to drive to conditions.
    • Property owners are reminded to park vehicles off the street and out of the construction zones where possible.

  • Works update 2 September 2021

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    Construction work continues at Wongawilli in line with updated NSW Public Health Orders. Our priority is to ensure the safety of our staff and the community during this work and strictly follow the COVID-Safe plan we have in place.

    Council are continuing to assist with on street parking for motorists and dust suppression where possible whilst onsite.

    Please note the upcoming traffic management information below, required for kerb and gutter and drainage construction.

    • Kerb & gutter and driveways to residential properties have been completed including remediation work to frontages on the south side between Smiths Lane and Shone Avenue.
    • West bound lanes Over the next 3 to 4 weeks, Council staff will focus on the kerb and gutter and the pavement construction on the west bound lanes.
    • North side Starting next week, staff will also commence kerb and gutter construction on the north side of Wongawilli Road. This work will be under traffic control conditions during business hours.
    • Drainage Cadifern are nearing completion of all drainage road crossings on Wongawilli Road. They will then move into the Smiths Lane/Wongawilli Road intersection to connect and complete the main trunk drainage. This work will also be under traffic control conditions and motorists may experience minor delays.
    • Parking Changes to street signage and parking which will improve on the street parking have been approved and users can expect to see some changes to the current arrangements.
    • Retaining walls A contractor has been appointed to undertake the construction of block retaining walls at Wongawilli Road with work expected to commence in the upcoming weeks.

  • Works update 19 August 2021: Progressing safely

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    Construction work continues at Wongawilli in line with updated NSW Public Health Orders. Our priority is to ensure the safety of our staff and the community during this work and strictly follow the COVID-Safe plan we have in place.

    With work progressing, updates will be fortnightly from now on. Please note the upcoming traffic management information below, required for the installation of stormwater road crossings.

    • Asphalt Works The final asphalt layer for Wongawilli Road, between Smiths Lane and Bankbook Drive, was laid by Boral on Tuesday 17 August. Construction of the concrete traffic islands and line marking will follow.
    • Retaining wall Between Smiths Lane and Jersey Farm Road Quotations for these works will close on Friday 20 August. Council will assess the quotations and appoint a successful contractor soon after.
    • Southern Side Kerb and Driveways The kerb and gutter works are now complete on the southern side of Wongawilli Road between Shone Avenue and Smiths Lane for all properties. Council staff are also nearing completion of the driveway constructions for this section and the remediation of the nature strip behind this kerb. Turf will be laid on the frontages following these works.
    • Culverts Additional Culverts were installed last week on the southern side. Pedestrian access will be maintained through the pathway on the southern side of the site.
    • Stormwater Road Crossings - Cadifern will be working between Shone Avenue and Smiths Lane to install the remaining stormwater road crossings and stormwater pits over the next 2 to 3 weeks. During this time Cadifern will require the traffic to be reduced to one lane with stop/slow traffic management in place. The road will remain open for normal 2-way traffic conditions during the identified peak time traffic periods.
    • Parking We'll continue to work with residents in managing their vehicles so that parking is avoided within construction zones. Council staff will provide as much notice and assistance as possible. Parking signage is currently under review with Councils Traffic Committee to determine if more on street parking can be utilised.
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