Rail underpass project open for comment
The $25 million Rawson Rd Level Crossing Replacement project is currently being advertised with submissions open until May 2.
The development application was submitted by Gosford Council with funding from the State Government.
The project aims to address safety concerns by closing and removing the existing level crossing at Rawson Rd.
The project, which extends from Railway St at the Shoalhaven Dr Underpass to the base of Bulls Hill, includes improved pedestrian and cycleway connectivity under the railway tracks at Shoalhaven Dr, the upgrade and extension of Nagari Rd from Shoalhaven Dr to a new roundabout south of the railway tracks, a new vehicle underpass at the bottom of Bulls Hill under the railway tracks and a new bridge over Woy Woy Creek at the bottom of Bulls Hill.
According to the council's project coordinator Mr David Medcalf, the project would benefit road and rail users with improved safety and efficiency.
"The design is being developed to minimise environmental and local heritage impacts and will incorporate input from the community and other stakeholders."
A number of submissions were received in response to the advertisement of the development application.
Former Gosford councillor Lynne Bockholt pledged her support for the proposal.
"An underpass as contained in the development application is the best option to eliminate the unsatisfactory level crossing and the underpass in one fell swoop," states Ms Bockholt's submission.
However, others claimed it would result in further siltation to Correa Bay, and that the new underpass and closure of the crossing would cut people off from the quickest access to Woy Woy town centre, including emergency services.
One resident of Woy Woy, who withheld identifying details, stated that they were strongly concerned about the loss of amenity and vehicular access to Woy Woy station, shops and other facilities that would occur as a result of the proposed fencing of the rail corridor at Rawson Rd.
The South Woy Woy Progress Association stated in its submission, that it "fully supports" the proposal and "has done so for many years".
Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council lodged a formal objection to the application stating it was concerned because there are a number of recorded Aboriginal sites located within the vicinity of the properties and the area is considered to be very rich in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.
Development application 44862/2013, 2 Dec 2013