Work starts to build noise wall on Princes Highway in Kiama
17 May 2016
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced the commencement of work to build a noise barrier on the Princes Highway in Kiama to reduce noise in the surrounding area.
Mr Ward secured funding from the New South Wales Government after meeting with local Coryule Place residents and speaking out in Parliament about this matter.
“The work will be carried out southbound on the Princes Highway near Bland Street from today until late September 2016,” he said.
“One southbound lane will be closed for the duration of work, which will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and 8am and 1pm on Saturday.
“The work will include digging and building a foundation for a 2.5 metre high noise barrier made up of a concrete base and clear panels.
“A shed, facilities and storage area will also be installed on the highway south of the worksite.
“A reduced speed limit of 40km/h will be in place during work hours, and 80 km/h through the work zone at all other times.
“All lanes will be reopened for the June long weekend and opening weekend of the July school holidays.
“Proper noise abatement should have been constructed when the Kiama bypass was commenced in December 1983; unfortunately this did not occur.
“In August 2012, I invited the former Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads John Ajaka to speak on-site with a number of concerned residents in Coryule Place to hear their views.
“Since that time, I have also convened meetings with the Southern Regional Manager of RMS Renae Elrington to continue to consider all of the options and to find a solution.
“In particular, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Coryule Place residents John Blom, Robert Behl and Matt Robinson whom I have met with on several occasions to hear their very genuine concerns.
“To finally see the work commencing on this noise barrier represents a great victory for our local community,” Mr Ward concluded.