On the 30th October 2017 the State Government released scoping reports for two major road infrastructure projects in Sydney’s North;
- Beaches Link and Gore Hill Freeway Connection, and
- Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade.
The scoping reports form part of a project feasibility assessment and detail need for the proposals, project overviews, consultation and engagement strategies, and environmental impact overviews. The purpose of the projects is to provide an integrated road network connecting the Northern Beaches to North Sydney with onward connections to the CBD and Sydney’s Inner West. A summary of both proposals has been provided below.
Beaches Link and Gore Hill Freeway Connection
The Beaches Link and Gore Hill Freeway project is a response to the congested roads and lengthy commute times experienced by commuters travelling to the city from the Northern Beaches and Mosman.
The current concept design solution consists of a tunnel connecting the Warringah Freeway at Cammeray and the Gore Hill Freeway at Artarmon to the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation at Balgowlah and the Wakehurst Parkway at Seaforth (the Beaches Link). Additional upgrade works would be undertaken along the Wakehurst Parkway and around the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation. Connection and integration works would be undertaken along the Gore Hill Freeway at Artarmon (the Gore Hill Freeway Connection).
Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade
The Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway project intends to increase capacity on the north-south harbour crossing road network by providing a new link for road users travelling from North Sydney to Sydney’s West.
The current concept design solution consists of tunnels connecting to WestConnex at Rozelle and the existing Warringah Freeway at North Sydney (the Western Harbour Tunnel). Upgrade and integration works along the existing Warringah Freeway, including connections to the Beaches Link and Gore Hill Freeway Connection project (the Warringah Freeway Upgrade).
Both the Beaches Link and the Western Harbour Tunnel concepts are separated from Mosman Council Area, however, will provide an effective by-pass of Spit Rd and Military Rd and may see road congestion reduced. Both projects are subject to a final business case.