Heathcote Road intersection improvements

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

Intersection at Heathcote Road and Princes Highway, Engadine

Updates and announcements

Work is continuing on a project to improve the intersections of Heathcote Road and New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights, and Heathcote Road and Princes Highway, Engadine.

From 7 January 2019, weather permitting, we will be on site for up to six days a week for 48 shifts. Weekday shifts will be between 7am and 6pm, and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. We will also work up to five nights a week for 40 shifts, between 8pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday, weather permitting.

We will not work from Monday, 24 December 2018 to Sunday, 6 January 2019. Work will start again on Monday, 7 January 2019.

Work will not take place on public holidays.

For more information please view or download the December 2018 Community Update (PDF, 487Kb).

Background

The Princes Highway is the principal route linking the NSW South Coast and Sydney. The Princes Highway is one of three routes that cross the Georges River to link the Sutherland Shire (population 226,220) with the Sydney CBD and the inner southern and inner western suburbs of Sydney.

Currently, a large number of vehicles queue to turn right out of Heathcote Road onto the Princes Highway, causing congestion and delays at the intersection.

Road users also experience delays and queuing at the intersection of New Illawarra Road and Heathcote Road. This is caused by congestion in the right turn lane in the morning peak period and in the left turn lane in the afternoon peak period.

Project features

The improvements at Princes Highway and Heathcote Road, Engadine include:

  • widening Heathcote Road to add an additional right turn lane onto Princes Highway
  • maintaining the existing left turn slip lane from Heathcote Road onto Princes Highway.

The improvements at Heathcote Road and New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights include:

  • widening New Illawarra Road to add additional left and right turn lanes onto Heathcote Road
  • installing traffic signals for roads users turning left from New Illawarra Road on to Heathcote Road.

Project benefits

The project will:

  • improve the efficiency and traffic flow at the intersections
  • improve road safety and help reduce the number of crashes
  • ease congestion and improve travel time reliability.

Next steps

From 7 January 2019, we will be on site for up to six days a week for 48 shifts. Weekday shifts will be between 7am and 6pm, and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. We will also work up to five nights a week for 40 shifts, between 8pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday, weather permitting.

We will not work from Monday, 24 December 2018 to Sunday, 6 January 2019. Work will start again on Monday, 7 January 2019.

Work will not take place on public holidays.

Community engagement

In June 2018, Roads and Maritime Services sought feedback about the Heathcote and New Illawarra roads intersection improvements from affected businesses.

In June 2017, we also sought local business, resident and stakeholder feedback on the Princes Highway and Heathcote Road intersection improvements.

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