Feedback extended for Mount Ousley Interchange upgrade
20 July 2016
Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today announced that the feedback timeframe on a proposal to improve safety and efficiency on the M1 Princes Motorway at the base of Mount Ousley has been extended.
Mr Ward said that the local community now has until Monday 1st August to provide feedback.
“We have extended the consultation period following a request from the community,” he said.
“This is an important proposal which would see the existing intersection at the base of Mount Ousley Road replaced with a new interchange which includes an additional access point to the University of Wollongong.
“The project would improve safety, freight efficiency, reduce traffic congestion and provide improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
“I encourage anyone who has yet to view the proposal to provide their input on this very important project.
“In the past two years, the New South Wales Government has allocated $1 million towards the project with a further $1 million allocated in 2016/17 to continue planning,” Mr Ward said.
“The preferred option includes a northbound overpass from Mount Ousley Road onto the M1, separated truck bypass lanes on the M1 and an additional entry and exit for the University of Wollongong.
“Cars and trucks would be separated on the M1 at the bottom of Mount Ousley, allowing traffic to exit the motorway without having to merge across slower moving traffic.
“The existing commuter carpark would also be relocated as part of the project.
“The preferred option would improve access to the Wollongong CBD and surrounding suburbs while also catering for future traffic growth in the region,” Mr Ward concluded.
The preferred option will now be on display for community feedback until Monday 1st August.
A survey is available on the website at: rms.nsw.gov.au/mountousleyinterchange.
The preferred option report is also available on the Roads and Maritime website.
All feedback will be considered to help refine the project during the next stages.