Work will commence this week on Stage 3 of the $8.8 million upgrade of Captain Cook Drive, between Woolooware Road and Elouera Road, which is the final stage of the project.

Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce said the Captain Cook Drive upgrade has improved public safety by widening the road carriageway, separating opposing traffic with a median strip and providing a combined on-road bicycle and breakdown lane.

“The upgrade has improved safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists on this section of Captain Cook Drive, which is a key arterial road connecting the suburbs of Kurnell, Greenhills and Cronulla with the rest of the Shire. The existing road was constructed in 1955 and little has been done to it since that time,” the Mayor said.

“Work on the upgrade of Captain Cook Drive has been spread over three stages in order to compensate for the expected settlement of the road surface and achieve the best result in a challenging and busy location,” said the Mayor.

Stage 1 of the project involved construction of a new 1.2km raised roadway on the northern side of the existing carriageway of Captain Cook Drive. This forms the east bound lanes of the final four lane roadway with space provided for a bicycle/breakdown lane in each direction. It has been constructed at a higher level, in order to reduce the incidence of flooding.

The new roadway is constructed over estuarine sediments and was expected to settle. In order to avoid damage to the final road pavement layers, a temporary pavement surface was installed with the intention that the final pavement surface would be applied once settlement has occurred.

Stage 2 works, undertaken in 2014, connected the roadway constructed in Stage 1 to the existing roundabouts at the intersections of Captain Cook Drive with Woolooware and Elouera Roads.

Stage 3 involves constructing a permanent road pavement over the temporary road constructed in Stage 1. In order to complete the work, the east bound lanes of Captain Cook Drive will be closed to traffic for the duration of works and traffic will travel on a single lane in each direction. Traffic switching to a single lane in each direction will take place late in the evening on Wednesday 17 February in preparation for work to commence the following day.

Some traffic delays may be experienced from time to time during the final stage of the project. Night work will also take place in order to complete line marking and barrier installation. Cyclists and pedestrians are advised to use the shared pathway on the southern side of Captain Cook Drive.

Weather permitting, the completion date for the final stage of the project is April 2016.

SOURCE – Sutherland Shire Council

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