Replacing stairs at popular Jan Juc surf breaks
Steps access stair replacement – Jan Juc
Works are due to commence on a replacement of the stairs at popular surf access point Steps and Boobs on Friday 8 March 2019.
Following a detailed design process, works are due to commence on a replacement of the stairs at popular surf access point Steps and Boobs. 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.
The tender for demolition and construction of the lower section of stairs spanning the cliff base and boulders has been completed, with remaining construction commencing in March due for completion after Easter 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.”
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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.
The demolition and replacement of the lower stairs will take approximately a week, however there will be short term closures prior to this.
To ensure 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 when construction works are not underway. Limited access will be available during this time, however access will be open during the Easter school holidays.
Closures will be advertised via onsite signage and the GORCC website. The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is asking for understanding during the construction process.
There is ongoing, regular monitoring of the stairs and structure to ensure that the current timber stairs remain safe for public access.