About this project

The NSW Government is building this $40 million upgrade to widen Alfords Point Road between the Georges River and Brushwood Drive, with work proposed to be completed by December 2017.

The upgrade forms part of a broader plan to improve road safety and traffic flow along Alfords Point Road and through the southern region of Sydney. The upgrade will also provide further improvements to the local road network.

Project background

Alfords Point Road is an important road in southern Sydney, providing access across the Georges River for motorists, commuters, cyclists and freight vehicles. Roads and Maritime Services has been working to reduce congestion, improve travel times and improve road safety on the route by completing the duplication of Alfords Point Bridge in 2008 and the opening to traffic of the Alfords Point Bridge Northern Approach in late 2011.

Preliminary investigations for the Alfords Point Road Southern Approach project were carried out in 2012, including ground surveys, geotechnical investigations, flora and fauna studies, noise monitoring, examination of heritage and assessment of aboriginal cultural significance issues.

Roads and Maritime prepared a Review of Environmental Factors to assess the environmental impacts of the proposal, which was placed on public display from 28 February to 5 April 2013. Roads and Maritime finalised the detailed design of this 2.1 kilometre upgrade and invited tenders to construct the upgrade in September 2015.

Further information on the environmental assessment and community feedback is available on the project documents page.

Project objectives

  • Widen Alfords Point Road between Georges River and Brushwood Drive from two lanes to three lanes in each direction
  • Improve traffic flow to and from Brushwood Drive on and off ramps by using the new lanes.

Key features

  • Widening Alfords Point Road between Georges River and Brushwood Drive from two lanes to three lanes in each direction
  • Improving traffic flow to and from Brushwood Drive on and off-ramps by using the new lanes
  • Providing a central barrier to improve safety by dividing the northbound and southbound carriageways
  • Relocating the northbound bus bay on Alfords Point Road on-ramp near Eucalyptus Street, to a location around 100 metres to the south
  • Providing a new road surface and improved drainage system
  • Providing a breakdown bay along the southbound carriageway located around midway between the Georges River and Brushwood Drive
  • Relocating the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station on the southbound carriageway to beneath the Old Illawarra Road bridge, around 900 metres south of Brushwood Drive
  • Realigning the pedestrian path on the eastern side of Alfords Point Road
  • Adjusting existing noise walls and providing a new noise wall along the route
  • Providing cycleway access from Alfords Point Road.

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime Services prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to assess the environmental impacts of the proposal. The REF was placed on public display from 28 February 2013 until 5 April 2013 at three locations across Sutherland, Menai and Padstow.

A total of 25 submissions were received in response to the public display, comprising three from government agencies (Sutherland Shire Council, Office of Environment and Heritage, Heritage Council of NSW) and 22 submissions from the community.

A submissions report summarised the issues raised and provided responses to each issue. The main issues raised by the community included:

  • Impacts to traffic flows, safety and access to an existing bus stop
  • Noise and vibration impacts and the location and use of noise barriers
  • Impacts to heritage, biodiversity and soil and water quality
  • Design of certain aspects of the proposal, such as barriers, ramp design and bus stop location
  • Potential impacts to amenity and safety.

There have been some changes to the project as a result of community feedback, including revised safeguards and management measures.

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