University Drive, Waratah West, Stormwater improvements and new footbridge

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Notorious for flooding after heavy rain, the low section of this busy road has seen vehicles including buses get stuck travelling along the University Drive crossing of Boatman Creek.

We investigated the existing brick arch culvert which carries stormwater through the cycleway embankment at Lorna Street, and found that due to its age and condition, the culvert is no longer suitable.

Work is underway on a solution that will better manage the flow of flooding water with removal of the existing culvert, excavation of creek embankments, and naturalisation of the channel north of University Drive, as well as construction of a new bridge on this stretch of the cycleway and shared path.

This upgrade will mean less disruption to traffic on this important road connecting the community with the University and the nearby Mater Hospital by reducing flooding frequency, and it is part of our commitment to address flooding across the city.

Construction of the new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the new embankment will maintain this vital transport link between Newcastle city and the University.

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During construction

Construction commenced in May 2022, and is expected to be completed by early 2023. During construction, the footpath and cycleway will be temporarily diverted to a temporary path slightly south of the existing path while construction of the new bridge takes place.

Following construction of the bridge excavation works will commence underneath, before re-shaping and landscaping of the new, wider stormwater channel.

Excavation of the embankment and naturalisation of the channel will require large volumes of soil to be removed from site - so nearby residents may notice increased noise, dust and truck movements. We will minimise disruption as much as possible.

Project News

7 June 2022 - Flood improvements underway in Waratah West

2 July 2021 - Flood improvements coming for University Drive