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
Current works - May 2017
Works are continuing to progress along Shortland Esplanade South. All subsurface utility investigations and relocations have been completed and new conduits are in place for high-voltage electrical services.
Installation of new street lighting will begin soon with new poles to be located on the western side of the esplanade.
Excavation work of the failed retaining structures between the roadway and the beach are almost complete and extensive construction work has begun. These new walls will revitalise this section of coastline, providing extensive areas of landscaped gardens as well as improved connectivity between Shortland Esplanade and the lower beach promenade.
Reconstruction of the retaining wall on the corner of Watt Street and Church Street is expected to be completed in early June. Last reconstructed in 2002, the new reconstruction allows for the relocation of high-voltage cables underground. The existing Norfolk Pines have been protected during these works, and the gardens with be replanted following the completion of the new wall.
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.
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