First sod turned for footpath and road upgrade in Coppin Rd, Sorrento

Published on 06 February 2019


Nepean Ward Councillors Hugh Fraser and Bryan Payne joined Shire staff and representatives from the Nepean Ratepayers Association, St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Sorrento Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School to turn the first sod of the new footpath and road upgrade in Coppin Road, Sorrento. 

The $900,000 project is being jointly funded through Council’s Capital Works Program ($280,000), the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery program ($450,000) and property owners through a Special Charge Scheme ($170,000).

The Coppin Road footpath and road project in Sorrento will link to existing footpaths on Melbourne Road, Kerferd Avenue, Constitution Hill Road and Point Nepean Road.

It will provide safer pedestrian access for residents and two primary schools, a church, several bus stops, shops, cafes and the beach, completing several footpath loops that currently end on Coppin Road or Point Nepean Road.

Other features associated with the project include:

  • improved bus stop waiting areas
  • pedestrian refuge crossing on Melbourne Road
  • raised platforms for traffic calming.

Nepean Ward Councillor Hugh Fraser was delighted to join members of the local community to celebrate this huge milestone.

“Ensuring local roads and pedestrian paths are maintained to a high standard is an important Shire function – this is part of Council’s ongoing commitment to creating a safe and effective road and pathway network for our community

“Coppin Road was identified as an outcome of the Footpath Construction Strategy, which aims to ensure pathway construction projects are undertaken in a strategic manner, focusing on key criteria including pedestrian safety, environmental impacts, social impacts and economic impacts”.

“This project will be benefitting residents, businesses and visitors – the Sorrento community is looking forward to seeing this project come to fruition”.

It is anticipated that construction works will commence in March 2019 and take approximately four months to complete.

PICTURE CAPTION: (L – R:) Jeremy Grieve (Shire Project Manager – Infrastructure Strategy), Father Bill Ousley OMI (St Mary’s Star of the Sea), Wendy Goodwin (Sorrento Primary School), Lisa James (St Joseph's Primary School), Colin Watson (President Nepean Ratepayers Association), Josh Lewis (Sorrento Primary School), Ramesh Khanal (Shire Civil Design Engineer), Isabelle Hunt (Sorrento Primary School), Cr Hugh Fraser, William Squire (St Joseph's Primary School), Christopher Lyne (Shire Project Manager), Zoe Scott-Branagan (St Joseph's Primary School) and Cr Bryan Payne at the official sod turn of the new footpath and road upgrade in Coppin Road, Sorrento.  

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