Work underway to stop erosion on Sea Cliff Bridge

DISRUPTIONS to traffic is expected during work at the base of the embankment slip in the northern amphitheatre on Lawrence Hargrave Drive, just north of Sea Cliff Bridge at Coalcliff.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has contracted Coastwide Civil to put in place four to six tonne of basalt boulders at the sea edge to create a protection wall. The wall is designed to reduce the likelihood of waves eroding the slope.

Work has started and, weather permitting, will take around two months to complete. Work hours will be 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. There will be no work undertaken on weekends (to minimise the impact on residents and tourism).

The section of road from the Coalcliff Cokeworks site to the work site in the northern amphitheatre will be reduced to one lane during working hours. Pedestrians will be escorted safely through the site.

A long term solution to treat embankment instability in this area is being developed as well. After the sea wall and other short term erosion protection works are complete, RMS will start work on increasing the height of the catch ditch above Lawrence Hargrave Drive. RMS said it is investigating the options to manage the slip long term, with an announcement for the long term plan expected later this year.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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