Shorter route recommended for Albion Park bypass

12 August 2014

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced that planning for the proposed Albion Park Rail bypass has taken another step forward with a value management workshop held last week making several recommendations to help direct future investigations.

Mr Ward said that the two day workshop recommended shortening the route after assessing the overall draft plans and a number of interchange options.

“The New South Wales Government provided $1 million this year to progress investigations and planning for the bypass,” he said.

“The workshop brought together technical experts and key project stakeholders to make recommendations and develop a way forward for the major project to upgrade the Princes Highway between Yallah and Oak Flats.

“Roads and Maritime Services’ staff were joined by representatives from Shellharbour and Wollongong City Councils, other government agencies and community members at the two day workshop.

“There were three key recommendations from the workshop.

“The first involved shortening the route by going through the Croom Regional Sporting Complex,” Mr Ward said.

“The second recommended there be linked roundabouts on either side of the motorway in the northern section. These would provide access to and from Dapto and Yallah Bay Road.

“Finally, it was decided further work was required on potential access arrangements in the central and southern sections of the route.

“The workshop group did narrow down the number of access options in these areas but no preferred option was actually recommended,” he said.

Mr Ward said Roads and Maritime will continue to work closely with Shellharbour City Council and sporting groups from the Croom Regional Sporting Complex to reduce any impact of the upgrade on the facility.

“Community consultation on further design and access details for the project will be held later this year and include a report highlighting the details of the value management workshop and the process around the assessment of the options.

“The community will be kept informed throughout planning for the project.

“Last year, a road corridor review confirmed the reserved bypass corridor largely remains a suitable location for the project,” Mr Ward said.

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