Community update for Berry to Bomaderry

25 March 2013

Community update for Berry to Bomaderry Princes Highway upgrade

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced plans to upgrade the Princes Highway between Berry and Bomaderry are moving ahead with changes to the refined concept design on display for community comment.

“Roads and Maritime (RMS) has been working with the local community to progress planning for the upgrade. Community consultation, design reviews and environmental studies were carried out during 2012,” Mr Ward said.

“A number of changes have been made to the concept design as a result of these investigations and consultations. One of the key changes is the removal of the proposed heavy vehicle rest area at Meroo Meadow.

“In response to feedback from the community and further investigations, RMS no longer proposes to build a combined northbound heavy vehicle rest area and part-time heavy vehicle inspection bay at Meroo Meadow, as part of the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade.

“An upgraded light and heavy vehicle rest area is now proposed at Rotary Park on the Princes Highway at South Nowra and a northbound part-time heavy vehicle inspection bay is now proposed near Jaspers Brush.

“Preliminary investigations suggest upgrading the Rotary Park facility to accommodate heavy vehicles is possible.

“RMS is continuing to work closely with Shoalhaven City Council and plans to carry out further investigations. If the upgrade of Rotary Park is not considered possible, RMS will investigate alternative sites in consultation with Shoalhaven City Council and the community.

“The part-time heavy vehicle inspection bay will be included in the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF).

“Other changes made to the concept design include moving the proposed Pestells Lane interchange slightly to the north to reduce the impact on local property owners.

“Road shoulder widths will also be increased to three metres where possible and include vehicle breakdown bays at regular intervals. This is in line with the recently released Transport for NSW Breakdown Safety Strategy,” he said.

“Pedestrian safety will also be improved with the identification of potential future pedestrian paths at all bridge structures, including creek crossings. Line making and signs will also be improved to better cater for cyclists.

“The proposed left-in left-out arrangement at Boxsells Lane and the proposed Strongs Road overpass remain and RMS will continue consulting with local residents to minimise impacts.

“To better cater for public transport, an extra bus bay at Strongs Road is included in the refined design concept.

“The community update is being delivered to homes this week and is available to view at,” Mr Ward said.

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