Replacing stairs at popular Jan Juc surf breaks

Steps access stair replacement – Jan Juc

Update

Works have commenced on a replacement of the stairs at popular surf access point Steps and Boobs in Jan Juc.

Works to replace the beach access stairs, upper tier lookouts and boardwalk sections commenced in April and are expected to be completed by the first week of June.

The second stage of the project will include the demolition and construction of the lower section of stairs spanning the cliff base and boulders. This work will commence in early June with an anticipated completion date of mid-late June.

To ensure the safety of the public and contractors, access to Steps and Boobs is scheduled to be closed until Friday 14 June. Closures will be kept to a minimum where possible and access will be restored on weekends.

The second stage will also require a short closure to the Surf Coast Walk during the week of 10 June to allow helicopters to transport the new stairs for installation, a technique that will significantly reduce construction time.

GORCC is asking the public to respect construction workers and native vegetation and stay out of the construction and conservation areas during the closure.

Background

Following a detailed design process, works are due to commence on a replacement of the stairs at popular surf access point Steps and Boobs in March 2019. The works are a result of storm damage that occurred in June 2017.

Works will be funded by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee capital works program and a $60,000 grant from Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Coastal Environments Grant Program.

Works to replace the beach access stairs, upper tier lookouts and boardwalk sections commenced in March 2019 and are expected to be completed by early June 2019.

The tender for demolition and construction of the lower section of stairs spanning the cliff base and boulders has been completed, with construction on this stage likely to commence in June 2019.

Ken Northwood, Chairman of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee said the organisation had gone to public tender for the important upgrade with works targeted to begin as soon as possible, depending on weather and contractor availability.

“Steps is obviously an icon of the surf coast and leads the way to three popular surf breaks,” said Mr Northwood.  “Current engineering advice is that while the current structure is safe to remain open, a replacement needs to be prioritised, which we have done.”

The replacement

The lower tier replacement stairs will be a non-slip fibre reinforced material in a similar alignment to the existing stairs. The non-slip surface is designed to be safer and to meet the predicted impacts of climate change. The upper tier stairs and lookout will be replaced in timber. Upgrades to drainage will also be completed to help prevent erosion.

Closures

To ensure the safety of the public and contractors, there will be no access to Steps, Boobs or Evos surf breaks during construction. There will also be a closure to the Surf Coast Walk to allow helicopters to transport the new stairs for installation – this technique will keep construction time frames to a minimum. Closures will be kept to the minimum extent possible and access will be restored on weekends and when construction works are not taking place.

Closures will be advertised via onsite signage, social media and the update section above.

There is ongoing, regular monitoring of the stairs and structure to ensure that the current timber stairs remain safe for public access.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is asking for understanding during the construction process and apologises for any inconvenience. Access will be restored during the construction window whenever possible.

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