We are living alongside and award-winning safety feature!
Workers responsible for the ‘rockfall protection’ work on Bulli Pass have collected the award for ‘Excellence in road safety engineering.’
The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia handed out the award at their 2017 gala presentation evening.
Area manger Robyn Lyster says the award is great news for the Northern Illawarra community. “You can be assured of the quality of the protection barrier and safety when travelling through the Pass,” she says.
“In 2015, we had a serious landslide and rockfall that saw material land on a couple’s vehicle as they drove to work. This wasn’t the first time rockfall had occurred, but this event highlighted how unsafe the Bulli Pass slope could be to motorists.
“We conducted several investigations and partnered with specialist geotechnical engineers and a leading Swiss landslide and rockfall barrier manufacturer to develop a solution.
Illawarra Parliamentary Secretary Gareth Ward says the award is recognition for a great effort.
“Congratulations are in order for Roads and Maritime Services Area Manager Robyn Lyster and her team,” he says. “They oversaw the New South Wales Government–funded $5 million project designed to improve motorist safety and workers toiled around the clock on the project.”
“The result is Australia’s longest flexible protection barrier – a 1.1 kilometre fence that is 3.5 metres high and capable of containing a half-tonne rock travelling at 160 km/h.”
“I know this project was a controversial one, but it was an investment that will save lives.”
The barrier was built between 2015 and 2017.
Despite challenges and major disruptions, Roads and Maritime Services completed the work one week ahead of schedule due to the closure of Bulli Pass, favourable weather conditions and the dedication of staff to the project.
Roads and Maritime Services will continue to investigate and assess the need for further safety measures as part of the long-term management of Bulli Pass.