Road Safety Improvement Works: Lady Game Drive

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The Federal Government is funding this project as part of its Australian Government Black Spot Programme, administered by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), which aims to improve traffic safety along this section of road.

The project will commence in early April and is anticipated to be completed by end of June 2018, weather permitting.

Project background

In July 2015, a formal Road Safety Audit of Lady Game Drive from Ryde Road, Killara to Millwood Avenue, Chatswood was undertaken to identify locations along Lady Game Drive with a safety Risk. 

The section of Lady Game Drive between the “wild life” sign east of Ryde Road and De Burgh Road was identified for an upgrade because of the safety risks identified.

Consulting Engineers were engaged by Council in September 2016, and conducted analysis and prepared designs.  As the cost estimation exceeded the grant, council reviewed the scope in consultation with the RMS resulting in the section being revised between Blackbutt Creek and De Burgh Road.

Ku-ring-gai Council is committed to road safety and will deliver this project, which includes:

  • Providing additional drainage pits and pipelines to collect and convey road runoff
  • Clearing and trimming of vegetation and some trees to remove potential hazards in conjunction with road shoulder pavement works, on the northern side
  • Providing 345 lineal metres of safety barrier between Blackbutt Creek and De Burgh Road, on the northern side
  • Providing pavement upgrades to the full width from Blackbutt Creek to De Burgh Road

The initial stages comprise project establishment including soil and water controls, traffic signage, electronic message boards as well as site controls. 

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Our work schedule

The project will commence in early April and is anticipated to be completed by end of June 2018, weather permitting.

There will be a mix of work on road, off road with traffic managed by reduced lanes, as well as full road closure and detours.

For work requiring reduced traffic lanes, work will be carried out:

  • During day time from 10am to 3pm, and
  • At night from 9pm to 5am with less noisy construction work between midnight and 5am.
  • Contractors may be on site working between 7am and 5pm Monday to Fridays even though not occupying traffic lanes. 

For work where full road closure and detour, this will only be:

  • At night from 9pm to 5am Monday to Fridays with less noisy construction work between midnight and 5am.
  • Residents inside the work area and scheduled route 565 buses will be the only vehicles escorted through the worksite during full road closures. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.
  • For work not requiring reduced traffic lanes Contractors will in addition to the above times and days, work from 8am to 5pm on Saturdays, with no noise generating work after 1pm Saturdays.

How will the work affect you?

We regret that there will be some noise associated with this work, but every effort to minimise noise by completing noisiest work by midnight will be made. 

Rock hammering has been utilised to excavate the trenches necessary for the stormwater pipe installation.  To conduct these works “City” hammers will be used, which are a type of hammer designed to produce less noise. We will also ensure there is noise blankets sent to site that will help further reduce the noise from the hammering. 

Below is a outline of key work tasks and likely noise impacts associated with the work.The commencement dates are indicative and subject to progress and wet weather. 

Week Commencing

Work Task

Noise level impacts

22 June

Guard rail work should be completed during the night shift, this involves bolting up rails and adjusting rail height on Blackbutt Creek.

Partial lane closures.

Noise similar to traffic.

Week commencing 25 June or 2 July

Linemarking will be installed. Variable message signs (VMS) will remain until after linemarking completed.

Partial lane closures for one evening, dated to be advised.

Noise similar to traffic.

Mid July to early August


Partial lane closure for delivery of materials, expected to be few hours only, rest of work behind rail no traffic impact.

Noise similar to traffic noise.

Temporary traffic changes

There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe. The changes to traffic include:

  • Partial lane closures during day and night works to minimise traffic impacts.
  • Full road closure with detours will operate for road surface pavement works, to be programmed at night and detours will apply.  No access to through traffic will be permitted, with exceptions for Emergency and Public Transport Bus Operators

Electronic message sign boards will be placed on Ryde Road and on Lady Game Drive, and will remain for the duration of the project operating 24/7. 
Lane closures in place may affect travel times. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.

View map with detour information. (pdf. 1MB)

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more information on this project please contact Council:
Ph 9424 0000