Southbound lanes to open on Princes Highway at Gerringong
24 November 2014
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced that local motorists will soon benefit from improved safety and journey times with traffic to be moved on to a section of the new southbound lanes of the $329 million Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong.
Mr Ward said that new lanes are being built on the Princes Highway between Mount Pleasant and Fern Street at Gerringong.
“Work has been taking place on the upgrade to ensure motorists could be moved onto a section of the new highway as quickly as possible,” he said.
“Traffic is expected to be moved on to the new section next Friday 28th November.
“This is great news for the local community and will help to alleviate congestion in this area, especially in the busy Christmas holiday period ahead.
“Motorists travelling south on the Princes Highway near Gerringong will be able to travel on the new southbound lanes while those wanting to access Gerringong at Fern Street can exit the highway using the left lane into Fern Street.
“Motorists travelling further down the coast will continue south using the right southbound lane,” he said.
“There will be some changes to traffic conditions on the highway near Gerringong to prepare for the traffic change.
“A temporary night time road closure of Fern Street is required for two nights to prepare for the changed conditions.
“There will be no access to or from the Princes Highway at Fern Street on Wednesday 26th November and Thursday 27th November between 7pm and 6am, weather permitting.
“Motorists can use Belinda Street for access into and out of Gerringong during the night closure,” he said.
“Coming night work at Belinda Street previously scheduled for Wednesday 26th November will now take place on Friday 5th December.
“This work will involve finalising drainage improvements on Belinda Street.
“Local motorists need to be aware of other traffic changes when the new lanes are opened.
“Motorists travelling from Fern Street to Kiama can travel north along Fern Street to the Rose Valley Road Bridge and use the northbound on ramp to access the highway.
“Motorists travelling north on the Princes Highway from Berry can access Gerringong at Belinda Street or use the northbound highway off ramp at Rose Valley Road and travel south on Fern Street,” he said.
“It is important that motorists travelling from Gerringong to Berry were aware to exit at Belinda Street, as there will be no access onto the Princes Highway at Fern Street for southbound motorists.
“Heavy vehicles travelling from Rose Valley Road to Berry will access the highway via the northbound on ramp and travel north on the Princes Highway to Weir Street at Kiama for southbound access.
“Heavy vehicle operators will need to allow additional travel time, with this traffic arrangement in place until mid-next year.
“Light vehicles travelling from Rose Valley Road to Berry will use the Rose Valley Road bridge to access Fern Street, travel through Gerringong and access the highway at Belinda Street,” Mr Ward said.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download the Live Traffic App or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.
MEDIA: Gareth Ward 0401 499 933 or Ben Blackburn 0423 466 358
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