Issues report now available - Princes Hwy upgrade
27 May 2013
Issues report now available for Princes Highway upgrade at Dignams Creek
Member for Bega Andrew Constance today announced planning for an upgrade of the Princes Highway at Dignams Creek to improve road safety has taken another step forward with the publication of the concept design issues report.
"Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) put the concept design for the highway upgrade on display for public comment between December last year and February this year," Mr Constance said.
"The community made 80 submissions on the project with issues raised including the planning process, road design and route selection and social, environmental and flooding concerns.
"RMS has considered the submissions received and responses are now available in the issues report which is available on the RMS website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects .
"RMS has listened to community feedback on the project which has led to a number of changes to the proposal including reducing the footprint of the project around Blind Creek to minimise impacts to areas of high ecological value vegetation.
"RMS has also engaged an independent third party to review the hydrological model for the potential impacts of the proposal on flooding in the Dignams Creek valley.
"These issues and their subsequent investigations will be included in the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) which is being prepared. The REF will also include other specialist studies to assess the impacts of the proposal on noise and vibration, biodiversity, water quality, heritage and urban design, landscape character and visual amenity.
"The REF is expected to be exhibited for public comment mid this year with detailed design expected to be carried out after the determination of the environmental review.
"It is pleasing to see the progress RMS is making with the planned safety upgrade of the Princes Highway at Dignams Creek to ensure the project is "shovel ready" when funding for major work becomes available," Mr Constance said.
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