Mount Ousley heavy vehicle rest area

Roads and Maritime Services is building a north bound heavy vehicle rest area near the intersection of the M1 Princes Motorway and Clive Bissell Drive, Mount Ousley.

The project will provide a significant upgrade of the existing informal rest area including new facilities, additional parking and safer access for heavy vehicles.

The Australian and NSW Governments have provided $8.09 million to construct the facility.

Updates and announcements

Work is continuing on the Mount Ousley heavy vehicle rest area upgrade with earthworks and excavation already carried out.

Clive Bissell Drive between the M1 and Mount Keira Road will be closed from Monday 21 November 2016 until Friday 23 December 2016 to build the new exit for the rest area. Clive Bissell Drive will also be closed in early January for a further six weeks to allow a retaining wall around the rest area to be built. The left hand turn into Clive Bissell Drive from the M1 northbound will remain closed to traffic until the project is complete to provide access for construction vehicles to the site.

Motorists will be detoured via M1, Picton Road and Mount Keira Road and should allow an additional five minutes travel time. Alternatively motorists can travel along Mount Keira Road. For more information please see the detour map (PDF, 164Kb).

From Sunday 20 November until Tuesday 22 November 2016 night work will be carried out and one lane will be closed on the M1 from 8pm until 4.30am. Further night work may be carried out in December 2016 and we will update the community with details closer to the start date. Outside work hours, including during peak times all lanes will be open and there will be no reduced speed limits in place.

Preliminary work on the upgrade started in May and the project is expected to be completed by mid-2017, weather permitting.

During construction, a temporary northbound Heavy Vehicle Parking Bay will be operating at the former toll gate site located at Waterfall.

Project background

The M1 Princes Motorway is an important freight link between Wollongong and Sydney.
The current informal rest area near the intersection of the M1 Motorway and Clive Bissell Drive does not meet National Transport Commission and Roads and Maritime Services guidelines.

Roads and Maritime is planning the upgrade of the existing informal rest area to better cater for freight vehicles.

The current site has been identified as the best location to capture heavy vehicle activity.

The heavy vehicle activity includes:

  • Short haul trips between mines on Picton and Appin Roads and Port Kembla
  • Car delivery from Port Kembla to Sydney
  • General freight using the Princes Highway or Picton road from the South Coast.

Project benefits

The project will provide:

  • Safer access into the area
  • Parking space for 10 Heavy Vehicles
  • Toilets, rubbish bins and sheltered areas including picnic tables
  • Designated space for Driver Reviver operations
  • A rest area for truck drivers to assist manage driver fatigue.

Review of Environmental Factors

The Review of Environmental Factors assesses the potential environmental, economic and social impacts associated with the proposed works.

You can view the Review of Environmental Factors on the project document page.

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