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North Shore residents face a summer of jackhammers and concrete saws

Overnight roadworks will also take place in North Sydney from 28-30 December as part of the Warringah Freeway upgrade to accommodate the expected traffic from the new harbor crossing.


A spokeswoman for the New South Wales Department of Transport said roadworks during the summer holiday period had minimal impact on people and reduced the number of drivers on the road.

Residents were presented with three options for night shifts, he said, with the majority opting for more night shifts, but “noisy demolition work between 10pm and 7am” was prohibited. rice field.

However, the 1-hour break due to high noise level does not apply from 7am to 10pm.

“To minimize the impact of noise on local residents, eligible establishments can receive a range of noise abatement treatments, such as window panes, audio sleep masks, and vouchers that can be used to purchase entertainment and sleep apps. he said.

Two sleep masks were left on the doorstep of Graham Maynard’s home in Cammeray last Thursday, though it was questionable whether they would help alleviate the racket caused by contractors.

“Yes, we accepted the offer, mainly to test their system because it was very difficult for the elderly to navigate,” he said.

Maynard said he expected the construction work to bring sleepless nights and a great deal of inconvenience, but said it was not scheduled to go away.

Another Cammeray resident, Jon Duggan, also accepted the offer of a sleep mask and a $100 voucher. Duggan said he was not happy with the noisy construction work scheduled for the summer, but said, “At this stage, we are leaving our home and moving to another location for six weeks of noisy work. I have no plans,” he added.

Willoughby Liberal MP Tim James said he hoped transport officials would provide sufficient reprieve for residents affected by the construction work.


“I have consistently made it clear to Transport that there is a need to improve real engagement and communication with the community in managing this project,” he said.

But Neutral Bay resident Andrew Somerich said residents weren’t given enough notice about the noisy roadworks at night.

“It’s frustrating to be able to organize thousands of construction workers and traffic controllers years in advance, but still struggle to give notice more than a few days in advance when noisy construction will take place. that’s it,” he said.

Highway upgrades have been plagued with controversy. Community outrage after more than 800 trees were cut from Cammeray Park.

Baker said the council has advised hundreds more trees will be cut from Transport for New South Wales between Military Road and High Street and between reserves along the edge of the Warringah Freeway. said to have received

“The council estimates that over 1,500 trees will be destroyed along the corridor,” she said.

James said the roadwork will simplify the Warringah Freeway and make it safer, easier to use and more efficient.

“Whenever there is an accident on a highway, bridge or tunnel, looking at what is happening to the highway and local road network can help us understand why the status quo is not sustainable,” he said. I was.

However, Baker said road and toll road projects, such as the Warringa Expressway upgrade, have increased congestion on local roads as drivers turn free roads into rat runs to avoid the tolls.

“The upgrade will bring more cars along a wider corridor to the same two pinch points, the bridge and the Sydney Harbor Tunnel,” she said.

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