New Council Proposal Calls for Single Lane Road Along Seafront

Northern Beaches Council Proposal
Photo credit: Northern Beaches Council

A proposal has been put in motion calling for the widening of the Dee Why seafront footpath to reduce traffic to a single lane. The Northern Beaches Council is inviting the local community to attend their information sessions and provide feedback about the project.

The proposed widening of the foot path, which spans the 220-metre seaside strip, will make space for a two-way bike path as well as additional public seating. With the new changes in mind, the Dee Why Beach car park will only be accessible through the seafront road. 

Photo credit: Northern Beaches Council

The seafront also has the potential to become much safer. The implementation of a 30km per hour speed limit between Oaks Ave and Dee Why Pde, in tandem with a single lane road, could reduce the odds of traffic accidents occurring significantly. To accommodate road modifications, bus services from the Strand to Clyde Rd between Howard Ave and Oaks Ave will be re-routed.

Photo credit: Northern Beaches Council

These changes are currently under consideration, and the Northern Beaches Council proposes they trial the single lane seafront road over the span of six months from July to December. It will be funded entirely by the NSW Government’s Streets and Shared Spaces Program. 

To guarantee public satisfaction with the proposal, the Dee Why community is invited to attend information sessions to ask questions and learn more about the planned changes. These sessions will be held at Dee Why Surf Club at the Strand on the following dates:

  • Thursday, April 8. 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 10. 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15. 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 22. 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Bookings will be mandatory, and those interested in registering can visit their website. Those interested in providing feedback or giving voice to their concerns can also leave comment forms via the same link. Comments are set to close on Monday, the 26th of April. 

Should the proposal’s trial pull through, it will be implemented in the latter half of 2021, starting July and ending in December.