Newcastle City Council will transform Shortland Esplanade between Zaara Street and Watt Street by extending the traffic and amenity improvements already made between Nobbys and Newcastle beaches.
The southbound traffic with contra-flow cycle lane arrangement will be lengthened from Newcastle Beach to the Watt Street intersection opposite the Newcastle Police Station as the city's five-kilometre Bathers Way showpiece marches on.
The work - scheduled to begin this month - will see ageing retaining walls south of Newcastle Beach Surf Lifesaving Club rebuilt to provide better access to the beach from Shortland Esplanade and support Bathers Way's signature shared pathway. Footpaths and the road will be replaced and improvements made for parking, cycle and beach access, and traffic management.
These pedestrian and traffic improvements will replace ageing infrastructure and continue the Bathers Way from Newcastle to King Edward Park. We are getting on with delivering this major infrastructure upgrade, which is set to rival the Bondi to Bronte Walk as a tourist drawcard.
The one-way traffic solution for Shortland Esplanade was included as part of the Bathers Way Domain Plan approved by council in 2012. The Shortland Esplanade project will be delivered with another Bathers Way link – Memorial Drive to King Edward Park.