Submissions report published for Princes Highway

20 May 2013

Submissions report published for Princes Highway, Foxground and Berry bypass

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced planning for the Princes Highway Foxground and Berry bypass has taken another step forward with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure making the submissions report publicly available on its website at http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.

Mr Ward said that this project is the largest ever single investment in the history of the Princes Highway.

"More than 250 submissions were received from the community, interest groups and stakeholders in response to the display of the environmental assessment in November and December last year.  The submissions have been considered by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and responses are documented in the report," Mr Ward said.

“I have been keen to encourage the community to make submissions in order to deliver the best possible bypass for the Berry community.

"RMS has refined the concept design in response to the issues raised in submissions and feedback. These refinements include keeping Victoria Street open with a two way connection between Queen and Victoria streets and a southbound on ramp south of Victoria Street.

"The design for the Schofields Lane junction has also been altered to allow both northbound and southbound access via a vehicular underpass. Affected properties on the eastern side of the upgraded highway will be connected to the underpass.

"Part of the refined design includes a vehicular underpass connection between Gembrook Lane and the interchange at Tindalls Lane.  This provides properties on Gembrook Lane with direct access to the interchange at Tindalls Lane and eliminates additional travel to the interchange at Austral Park Road.

"Other design refinements include a new combined flood mitigation and vehicular underpass located between Tindalls Lane and Austral Park Road and the removal of the heavy vehicle turnaround facility proposed as part of the Austral Park Road extension.

"In addition, the road geometry has been improved at two locations, the Town Creek diversion at Berry has been straightened, a large retaining wall has been eliminated and adjustments have been made to individual property accesses and boundaries to minimise potential impacts.

"It is also intended that RMS will provide a redesigned facility for the Berry Riding Club at its existing location.

"The submissions report will be considered by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, and if approved, the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure will provide conditions of approval to RMS.

These conditions would guide the detailed design and construction of the project which is planned to start next year.  RMS has shortlisted two tenderers Abigroup/Nace and Fulton Hogan and is planning to invite tenders later this year.

Further details on the project are available from the project website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/fbb or by calling the project information line (toll free) 1800 506 976.

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