Key construction activities from August to September 2013
- Landscaping and other minor work prior to opening the second northbound lane between Central Road and Quinns Lane.
- Completion of the concrete roundabout at Hillcrest Avenue.
- Completion of embankment widening and pavement construction north of the Hillcrest Avenue intersection.
- Continued construction of new stormwater and subsurface drainage systems.
- Completing the remaining BTU Road re-alignment pavement near the Boral timber mill.
- Completion of the new frog friendly culverts and habitat ponds near the BTU Road intersection.
- Construction of additional street lighting.
- Revegetation of the roadside.
- Stripping of topsoil from the existing surface prior to constructing the new road embankment and pavement layers south of Warra Warra Road.
Green and golden bell frog update
Major construction on the upgrade started in November 2011 but stopped when more than 30 endangered Green and Golden Bell Frogs were found on and adjacent to the site.
Work was delayed by 88 working days while plans were put in place to protect the frogs under the requirements of state and commonwealth legislation.
As part of the Australian Government's approval for construction work to recommence in March 2012, a green and golden bell frog management plan was put in place. This includes installation of frog fencing, construction of frog ponds and culverts and a three year population study of the frogs within the Nowra floodplain area.
Construction of six new habitat ponds has started and five new frog friendly culverts have been built. Over four kilometres of frog fencing has also been installed.
RMS has engaged the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology to undertake the three year population study. If you are interested in your property being part of the study please contact the project team. It is expected that this population study will commence in November 2013 and will continue for three years with individual surveys undertaken three times per active season (November to April).
Northbound road shoulder between Parma and Forest Roads
The community raised safety concerns regarding the need for a northbound shoulder along the highway between Parma Road and Forest Road which was not included in the original scope of the highway upgrade.
This new road shoulder will also provide a connection to the off road cycle facility south of Warra Warra Road.
RMS has lodged a submission with the Australian Government (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) that assesses the impacts to endangered species in the area as a result of the shoulder widening work. This submission forms part of the Environmental Assessment for the widening work. Work to build the shoulder will commence once the assessment and associated land acquisitions are finalised.
After receiving advice from the Australia Government, RMS will finalise the Environmental Assessment for this work. It is expected that work to widen the shoulder will start in late 2013. During construction it will be necessary to close the northbound slow lane between Parma Road and Forest Road to safely construct the shoulder.