Next stage of geotechnical investigations for Albion Park Rail bypass
28 October 2014
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced that stage two of geotechnical investigations for the Albion Park Rail bypass is under way, a vital stage in planning for the future upgrade.
“Roads and Maritime Services is excavating bore holes and test pits during the next three weeks along the proposed alignment of the upgrade to provide a better understanding of the ground conditions,” Mr Ward said.
“Sites where testing will be carried out include west of the Yallah industrial area at Yallah hill, farmland between the Illawarra Highway and Tongarra Road and along the East West Link.
“The work will build on stage one investigations completed earlier this year to help design the earthwork and foundations for the bypass.
“The investigations are an important step in planning for the future extension of the M1 Princes Motorway to bypass Albion Park Rail which is being progressed as quickly as possible,” he said.
“Other investigations for the Environmental Impact Statement have also started including Aboriginal archaeological surveys and ecology surveys to identify threatened plant species along the route.
“Species being studied include the Eastern Flame Pea and the Illawarra Greenhood Orchid with more detailed ecological surveys will continue later this year.
“Roads and Maritime will present the preferred option for the bypass to the community for feedback later this year.
“Planning work for the bypass is funded by a $1 million budget allocation this financial year,” Mr Ward said.