Bathers Way - Shortland Esplanade South

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Council is upgrading the southern section of Shortland Esplanade and Church Street, extending from Zaara Street to Watt Street in Newcastle. Construction commenced in February 2017 and is expected to be completed by November 2017.

The upgrade includes rehabilitation of the roadway, retaining walls, drainage, lighting and fencing. It will also provide a new section of Bathers Way shared pathway, new pedestrian crossings and parking.

As part of this project, a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, which will improve traffic movements to and from Zaara Street.

This upgrade will provide the initial works required to lead into the South Newcastle public domain works, which include the upgrade to South Newcastle skate park.

The Bathers Way is a Newcastle City Council   priority project.

 View the Bathers Way Shortland Esplanade South plan (pdf).

Road closures

Road closures will be required with pedestrian and traffic detours in place during construction.
From Monday 6 March, Shortland Esplanade will close between Ocean Street and Watt Street, with north bound traffic maintained between Ocean and Zaara streets. Traffic heading south on Shortland Esplanade from Nobbys will be directed onto Zaara Street.
Pedestrian access along the western footpath of Shortland Esplanade will be maintained between Ocean Street and Watt Street, as directed by onsite signage. Full vehicle access will be restored as soon as possible, but the closure is expected to last up to six months.
Resident access will be maintained during this period.

Lower promenade, Newcastle Beach

Part of the lower promenade at Newcastle Beach is closed between Newcastle Surf Club and South Newcastle skate park for up to six months. This will allow for the reconstruction of the retaining walls between the road and the lower path, and to allow for the safe movement of machinery within the area.
Access from South Newcastle through to the Bogey Hole and King Edward Park remains closed, with access through to the park provided via the western footpath of Shortland Esplanade, via Church Street up to Watt Street.
The skate park remains open and access is via the beach during this time. The closest alternative skate park is at Empire Park in Bar Beach.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this section of Bathers Way being undertaken now?
When was the original concept plan for Shortland Esplanade endorsed by Council?
What changes are proposed to the adjacent intersections?
Will special events be affected?
What community consultation has occurred regarding the traffic movement in Shortland Esplanade?
When will Bathers Way be completed in the Newcastle Beach precinct?
What changes will be made to the street lighting?
Will there be changes to parking?