View the latest news on Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong
26 November 2014
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today invited the community to view the latest progress on the Princes Highway upgrade between Mount Pleasant and Toolijooa Road at Gerringong.
“The NSW Government has provided $76.5 million this year to continue work on the Gerringong upgrade expected to be completed by mid-next year, weather permitting,” Mr Ward said.
“The $329 million upgrade is part of Roads and Maritime Services’ commitment to enabling safe and efficient journeys on this important South Coast route.
“Roads and Maritime has prepared a community update being issued this week to outline progress of work being carried out by more than 300 workers on site and work planned for the next quarter.
“I certainly thank the local community for their patience during a number of traffic changes between July and October to progress the highway upgrade.
“These changes have allowed for around 80 per cent of the northbound lanes to be completed and open to traffic,” he said.
“A major traffic change will also take place this week with a section of the southbound lanes opening to motorists between Mount Pleasant and Fern Street.
“The final segment of the Omega Bridge was also launched in recent months with the bridge expected to open to traffic in early 2015, weather permitting.
“We invite all residents to take part in the upcoming community walk planned for Saturday 13th December across the bridge before it is opened to traffic.
“Work is also progressing to build noise walls on the Princes Highway next to Burnett Avenue at Gerringong.
“In response to community feedback, the height of the noise walls has been reduced from three to two metres.
“The noise walls have been designed to provide effective noise protection while minimising the visual impact for surrounding residents,” he said.
“Work that is planned to be carried out in the next three months includes drainage installation and work to build the road around the Belinda Street interchange.
“This work will result in changed traffic conditions.
“The remaining sections of the northbound lanes will also be built and work will continue to build sections of the southbound lanes.
“The update also provides the community with information about safety initiatives on site and the effect of weather on the project,” Mr Ward said.
Project updates are available by visiting the website at: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/gu, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the community display centre at Sims Road or the project office at Queen Street, Berry.
Work on the Princes Highway upgrade will continue to take place between 6.30am and 7pm on week days and on Saturdays between 8am and 5pm until the project is completed.
MEDIA: Gareth Ward 0401 499 933 or Ben Blackburn 0423 466 358
View the original media release (PDF)