Frequently asked questions

Design improvements

As a result of feedback and further planning there have been some refinements made to the design for the proposed Albion Park Rail bypass since it was last displayed.

What are the key improvements since the Environmental Impact Statement display in 2015?

  • Improvements to the Croom Regional Sporting Complex resulting from detailed consultation with sporting clubs and Shellharbour Council
  • Changes to the interchange at Albion Park to minimise the impact on agricultural land and allow northbound traffic to exit the motorway onto Tongarra Road (see Albion Park interchange questions)
  • Potential for the Yallah interchange to be built at a later stage (see Yallah interchange questions)
  • Additional slip lanes and traffic lights included at the Oak Flats interchange
  • Changes to the standard construction hours to include extended work hours across the project area. The project standard construction hours would be:
    • Monday to Friday, between 6am and 7pm
    • Saturdays, between 8am and 5pm
    • No work on Sundays and public holidays.
  • Traffic lights proposed on the new local road which replaces the East West Link
  • The shared cycle and pedestrian path between Albion Park and the north of Albion Park Rail has been relocated to the eastern side of the motorway and will connect with Tongarra Road. This can connect to a future shared path on Tongarra Road for access into Albion Park and Albion Park Rail.

Why have these changes been made?

The design changes are a direct response to:

  • Consultation with the community during the environmental impact statement exhibition period
  • Submissions received during the environmental impact statement exhibition period
  • Land use discussions during property acquisition and adjustment
  • Further review and investigations of the environmental impact statement concept design.

Where can I find more information?

  • A Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report is now available and addresses all submissions and issues raised during the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) display. It also considers consultation and refinements to the proposal since the EIS display
  • An updated animation is also now available on the project website.

What are the next steps?

  • The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report is currently on display for community comment via the Department of Planning and Environment website until Monday 25 September 2017
  • Planning approval for the project is still on target for late this year with construction on track to start in early 2019.The community will continue to be updated as the project progresses

Yallah interchange

What are the changes to the Yallah interchange?

  • The design for the interchange at Yallah has not changed since the EIS was displayed in 2015
  • However, timing for its construction is not yet confirmed and will be subject to funding availability and traffic demand
  • This is based on current modelling which indicates the interchange is not required before substantial increases in traffic, the residential developments planned at Yallah would contribute to increases in traffic
  • If the Yallah interchange is not built until a later stage, northbound and southbound access off the motorway would be provided
  • The Yallah interchange is still being assessed and included as part of the current planning approvals so when timing is confirmed and funding becomes available, we are ready to start construction.

If the Yallah interchange is not built until later, what will it look like on opening?

I live in Dapto, how do I access the bypass without the full Yallah interchange?

  • Travelling south you would not travel on the bypass but continue on the Princes Highway through Albion Park Rail using the existing Princes Highway. Due to the bypass, traffic through Albion Park Rail will be significantly reduced
  • Travelling north you will be able to use the bypass or the Princes Highway and exit both at the existing northbound off ramp onto the existing Princes Highway.

When will the Yallah interchange be built?

  • Current traffic modelling for the project indicates the Yallah interchange is not required before substantial increases in traffic, the large scale residential developments planned at Yallah would contribute to increases in traffic
  • Timing for these developments require confirmation from Wollongong City Council and developers
  • The Yallah interchange is still being assessed and included in the current planning assessment so when timing is confirmed and funding becomes available, we are ready to start construction.

Albion Park interchange

What are the changes to the Albion Park interchange?

  • There are changes to the location of some of the on and off ramps for the Albion Park interchange
  • The southbound off-ramp has been slightly changed to reduce the impacts on surrounding properties
  • The northbound off-ramp has been moved to connect with Tongarra Road.

Why were these changes needed?

  • One of the main issues raised as part of the display of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was the impact of the central interchange on agricultural land
  • As a result, Roads and Maritime took a closer look at the design of the central interchange to see if these impacts could be reduced
  • To check viability of the any design updates, Roads and Maritime carried out more in-depth traffic modelling to understand traffic impacts on the wider road network through Albion Park
  • It was through these investigations that some improvements to the original EIS design were identified.

What areas were identified for improvement?

  • Traffic modelling has shown that connecting both northbound and southbound off-ramps, and the northbound on-ramp, to the Illawarra highway (as in the EIS design) would lead to increased congestion in the surrounding local road network
  • The model assumed the Shellharbour City Council proposed Albion Park bypass (Tripoli Way) would be open with two lanes in each direction and showed delays throughout Albion Park
  • This was mainly due to the amount of traffic that would need to use the Albion Park bypass (Tripoli Way) for access to and from the Albion Park Rail bypass
  • An opportunity to provide a safer solution for northbound and southbound traffic trying to access different areas of Albion Park was identifies by relocating the northbound off ramp to Tongarra Road.

Why was the Tongarra Road relocation option chosen?

  • To reduce the impact of the interchange on agricultural land
  • To ensure the wider road network throughout Albion Park does not prematurely reach capacity
  • Because it has the ability to connect to an Albion Park bypass (Tripoli Way) in the future if traffic capacity issues are resolved
  • To remove safety concerns caused by the two off ramps merging into the same location.

Albion Park bypass

What is the Albion Park bypass?

  • The Albion Park bypass is a Shellharbour City Council project which is a proposed upgrade of Tripoli Way and extends from the Illawarra Highway in the east to Broughton Avenue in the west
  • Roads and Maritime has been working with Shellharbour City Council to ensure the two bypasses can work together to ensure future land use is accommodated and the existing local and state road network operates efficiently.

Can the Albion Park Rail bypass connect to a future bypass of Albion Park?

  • The on and off ramps connected to the Illawarra Highway would link to a future bypass of Albion Park (Tripoli Way)
  • The on and off ramps connected to Tongara Road would not directly link to a future bypass of Albion Park (Tripoli Way), however a future connection could be built if required at a later stage.
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