Final stage of geotechnical investigations for Albion Park Rail bypass concept design

16 January 2015

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced the final stage of geotechnical investigations for the proposed Albion Park Rail bypass concept design and said that it is another step forward in planning for this future road upgrade.

“More bore holes will be drilled and test pits excavated during the next few weeks along the proposed alignment of the corridor to provide a better understanding of ground conditions,” Mr Ward said.

“This is the third and final stage of geotechnical work for the concept design.

“Sites which will continue to be tested include an area west of the Yallah industrial area at Yallah hill, the Princes Highway at Yallah, farmland next to the Illawarra Highway, the Croom Regional Sporting complex and along the East West Link.

“The work will build on the first two stages of investigation completed last year to help design the earthwork and foundations for the bypass.

“The completion of geotechnical investigations is an important step in planning and designing the future extension of the M1 Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats and the project is being progressed as quickly as possible.

“The work will involve some night work on the Princes Highway at Yallah in February which will result in some lane closures.

“Road users are asked to follow signs, the direction of traffic control and reduced speed limits during lane closures,” he said.

“Other investigations to inform the Environmental Impact Statement have progressed well including the completion of Aboriginal archaeological investigations and ecology surveys, while further noise monitoring is planned for February.

“Roads and Maritime lodged a State Significant Infrastructure application with the Department of Planning and Environment late last year.

“This was to advise the NSW Department of Planning and Environment of Roads and Maritime’s intention to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

“The EIS is expected to be displayed for community comment late this year,” Mr Ward said.

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