Have your say on the proposed Princes Motorway Interchange at the base of Mount Ousley

27 June 2016

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward is today encouraging community feedback on a proposal to improve safety and efficiency on the M1 Princes Motorway at the base of Mount Ousley.

Mr Ward said that the proposal would replace the existing intersection at Mount Ousley Road with a new interchange, which includes an additional access point to the University of Wollongong.

“In the past two years the New South Wales Government has allocated $1 million towards the project with a further $1 million allocated in 2016-17 to continue planning,” he said.

“The project will improve safety, freight efficiency, reduce traffic congestion and provide improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities.

“In the 10 years to June 2014, there were 34 recorded crashes near the intersection, resulting in one fatality and 27 injuries.

“Analysis shows that 25 of these incidents involved vehicles turning right onto the M1 from Mount Ousley Road.

“Congestion at the intersection during morning and afternoon peaks is also a problem, particularly when university is in session, with average delays of almost two minutes on Mount Ousley Road,” Mr Ward said.

“The preferred option includes a northbound overpass from Mount Ousley Road onto the M1, separated truck bypass lanes on the M1 and an additional entry and exit for the University of Wollongong.

“The existing commuter carpark would also be relocated as part of the project.

“Cars and trucks would be separated on the M1 at the bottom of Mount Ousley, allowing traffic to exit the motorway without having to merge across slower moving traffic.

“The preferred option will improve access to the Wollongong CBD and surrounding suburbs while also catering for future traffic growth in the region,” he said.

Mr Ward said the preferred option will be on display for community feedback until Monday 18th July 2016. A survey is available on the website at: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/mountousleyinterchange.

The preferred option report is also available on the Roads and Maritime website.

“The community will have the opportunity to speak to the project team at drop in sessions at Fairy Meadow Community Centre on Thursday 30th June between 5pm and 8pm and Saturday 2nd July between 10am and 1pm,” Mr Ward concluded.

Feedback will be used to help refine the project during the next stages.

Timing and funding for work on the interchange upgrade is still to be confirmed.

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