Wollongong seaside pedestrian/cycle way closed for maintenance

The stretch of shared path between the Continental Pool and North Wollongong Beach, which forms part of the former Mt Pleasant Tramway Alignment, is currently closed to emergency and maintenance vehicles (from Monday May 25).

While the work is carried out pedestrians and cyclists will be diverted along Cliff Road.

Provided there is good weather and seas, the works are expected to finish by Tuesday 26 May.

As part of the Blue Mile Masterplan this stretch was scheduled for an upgrade in the Capital Works program between 2015 and 2018.

The work is required following April’s storms, as large seas and swells have damaged the seawall and gouged an area under the existing walkway, Wollongong City Council said.

“When the storms hit last month, the large seas slammed against the soil under the asphalt pathway and has caused some erosion and cracking of the shared pathway,’’ says Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Works Mike Hyde.

“Council has been closely monitoring the situation since the storms. We need to go in and do some emergency works to stop any further damage to the failing stone retaining wall and secure the shared pathway. This will be an interim measure until the full scope of capital work can start on this area next year.’’

The Tramway Alignment and cutting is listed on the State Heritage register as part of the Wollongong Harbour Precinct and forms part of the Wollongong Harbour/North Beach Precinct Heritage Conservation Area.

The Mt Pleasant tramway alignment, once the permanent way along which from the 1860s to 1933, coal wagons were conveyed from the Mt Pleasant coal mine to Wollongong Harbour, is now a popular pedestrian track and cycleway for local residents.