Gosford Council Starts Work On New $36M Woy Woy Rail Underpass #Gosford #CentralCoast

Gosford Council Starts Work On New $36M Woy Woy Rail Underpass #Gosford #CentralCoast Coast Times News , Gaye CrispinPress Release

25/8/15

Gosford Council Starts Work On New $36M Woy Woy Rail Underpass

Gosford City Council has started pre-construction activities on the $36 million second stage of the Rawson Road Railway Level Crossing Replacement Project at Woy Woy.

Stage two of the project at Bulls Hill includes the construction of a new vehicle underpass at Nagari Road, reconstruction of Nagari Road and construction of the Woy Woy Creek Bridge.

Gosford City Mayor Lawrie McKinna said he was very pleased to see work had started on this important stage of the project following the completion of the new pedestrian underpass.

“Earlier this year I was joined by the NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay to open the new $4.5 million pedestrian and cyclist underpass near the intersection of Rawson Road and Railway Street.

“When the new vehicle underpass at the base of Bulls Hill, to connect Nagari Road to Woy Woy Road, is completed the Rawson Road level crossing will be fully closed.

“These works will deliver significant safety and transport improvements for both road and rail users,” he said.

Gosford Council Starts Work On New $36M Woy Woy Rail Underpass #Gosford #CentralCoast Coast Times News , Gaye Crispin

Gosford City Mayor Lawrie McKinna

Mayor McKinna also assured the community that extensive measures will be in place to protect the sensitive environmental areas at Bulls Hill.

“Some Council owned properties have been acquired for the project’s second stage including part of the Nagari Road Bush Reserve, some Coastal Open Space System (COSS) land and part of the sewage treatment plant site.

“An Environmental Impact Statement highlighted that the works will deliver major community benefits and with the appropriate mitigation measures any impact to the natural environment will be minimal.

“The COSS land that has been acquired in this particular area for the works represents less than one per cent of the over 2,500 hectares of land across Gosford City that is currently secured within Council’s COSS.

“This COSS land was originally acquired to help protect the nearby wetlands, but the stage two works and associated environmental protection measures have been designed to ensure there is minimal impact on the wetlands.

“Importantly, the compensation for the COSS land that’s been acquired will be used to purchase even more valuable environmentally sensitive land across Gosford City to include in the COSS,” Mayor McKinna added.

The NSW Government has so far committed $52 million in funding to help Council design and implement the Rawson Road Railway Level Crossing Replacement Project.

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