Next stage of planning for Mount Ousley interchange
18 April 2018
Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that an interchange on the M1 Princes Motorway at the base of Mount Ousley is a step closer, with the release of the submissions report.
Mr Ward said that the local community was consulted at the end of last year on the review of environmental factors, with a total of 130 submissions received.
“It’s great so many community members had their say, as feedback received will be used to further develop the detailed design,” he said.
“There was a lot of welcomed support for the project which aims to improve road safety, travel times and better cater for current and future freight demand.
“The key issues raised by the community included noise pollution while the interchange is built and once operational, road safety and in relation to the design included landscaping and loss of habitat.
“Based on community feedback, the proposed pedestrian and cyclist bridges across Mount Ousley Road and the Princes Motorway have been extended and will now connect.
“The proposed interchange includes an overpass between Mount Ousley Road, the M1 Princes Motorway and the University of Wollongong,” Mr Ward said.
“The plan also includes a bypass lane, exit ramp and two safety lanes for heavy vehicles as well as a commuter carpark and active transport connections.
“The NSW Government is committed to improving journeys for all drivers, especially freight operators, which this project aims to achieve.
“Community members are thanked for their ongoing participation and should view the submission report in full, as this interchange will provide significant benefits to the area,” Mr Ward concluded.
More information about the project including the submissions report is available on the Roads and Maritime website. The community will be updated as the project progresses.