Princes Highway and The Boulevarde, Kirrawee

The NSW Government is funding this project as part of its $300 million Gateway to the South Pinch Point Program which aims to ease congestion and improve journey reliability on Sydney’s key southern corridors.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime sought feedback from the community and stakeholders on intersection improvements at the Princes Highway and The Boulevarde, Kirrawee in May, June and July. View or download the community consultation report (PDF, 1.4Mb) summarising the feedback and responses, including a community notification (PDF, 2.34Mb) that was distributed to residents.

Background

The Princes Highway is an important urban arterial road, and forms part of the A1 road corridor. The A1 connects the south coast of NSW and Wollongong to Sydney. It also provides access to major roads including the M5 Motorway, A3 King Georges Road, A36 Princes Highway (city) and M1 Pacific Highway.

High volumes of traffic currently travel through the intersection of The Boulevarde and Princes Highway. Vehicles turning left from Princes Highway travelling southbound in to The Boulevarde and turning right from The Boulevarde on to the Princes Highway currently experience delays due to congestion.

Vehicles travelling from The Boulevarde turning left on to the Princes Highway currently experience delays due to pedestrians crossing the intersection in the same traffic phase. The installation of a pedestrian island at this intersection will improve pedestrian safety by removing the conflict between pedestrians and left turning vehicles from The Boulevarde. This also allows vehicles to turn left from The Boulevarde without being delayed by pedestrians crossing Princes Highway.

The dual right turn will improve the efficiency of the intersection, reducing the incidence of vehicles queuing in to the adjacent left turning lane, improving travel time reliability on The Boulevarde.

This proposal aims to ease the overall congestion at this intersection and improve journey reliability for all road users.

Project

The project includes:

  • widening on the north-eastern and south-eastern sides of the intersection to accommodate two right turn lanes northbound from The Boulevarde into Princes Highway
  • widening on the northern side of the intersection to accommodate an extended merge lane from The Boulevarde onto Princes Highway
  • an extension of the left slip lane from Princes Highway westbound onto The Boulevarde
  • removing about eight trees and 16 shrubs
  • improving safety by closing access from Princes Highway service road onto The Boulevarde
  • construction of a traffic island to improve pedestrian safety and to separate left and right turning traffic from The Boulevarde into Princes Highway
  • installing new pavement and kerbs
  • relocating utilities
  • asphalting and line markings.

Benefits of the project

Benefits would include:

  • improved operation of Princes Highway along the corridor and at the intersection with The Boulevarde
  • improved safety at the intersection, with a reduction in the number of rear-end crashes and crashes involving motorists changing lanes
  • reduced traffic delays and a better flow of traffic for motorists at all points along the corridor.

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime sought feedback on proposed intersection improvements at Princes Highway and The Boulevarde, Kirrawee in May, June and July.

Community information sessions were held in three locations in the local area during consultation, providing one-on-one time with the project team.

An online tool was also available for the community to provide feedback on the projects via an interactive map.

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