Delivering vital infrastructure for Kiama

Delivering vital infrastructure for Kiama: Rose Valley Road Bridge officially opened

29 April 2014

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today officially opened the Rose Valley Road Bridge as part of the NSW Government’s $329 million Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong.

Minister Gay and Mr Ward said the completion of work on the Rose Valley Road Bridge was an important milestone for the Princes Highway upgrade.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is delivering record funding to upgrade roads for the Illawarra and South Coast, nowhere is that more evident that on the Princes Highway,” Minister Gay said.

“The $329 million upgrade of the Princes Highway at Gerringong will provide about 7.5 kilometres of four-lane highway and include two new interchanges providing access to Gerringong and Gerroa.

“It will also include four new access roads between Mount Pleasant and Toolijooa Road.

“Half the nation’s road freight and three quarters of all interstate road freight journeys are on NSW roads and the Princes Highway is a key freight route,” Minister Gay said.

Mr Ward said motorists will still be able to travel north and south from Rose Valley Road.

“A protected right hand turn bay will again be installed for southbound vehicles entering Rose Valley Road from the Princes Highway to improve safety,” Mr Ward said.

“The Gerringong Upgrade is expected to be completed by mid 2015, weather permitting.

“The South Coast had been neglected by Labor for 16 years but the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government was delivering infrastructure the communities and businesses expect and deserve.

“In 2009-10 and 2010-11 Labor spent a dismal $11.8 million on the Gerringong Upgrade; in contrast, the NSW Coalition has spent and allocated $234 million since March 2011.

“The previous government neglected what really mattered to the South Coast, but the Liberals & Nationals Government has listened to the concerns of the local community to make sure we build infrastructure for the future of our region.”

Media: Siobhan McCarthy (Minister Gay) and Ben Blackburn 0423 466 385 (Mr Ward)

View the original media release (PDF)

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