Congestion relief on the way at Heathcote Road intersections

Monday, 15 October 2018

Work is well under way to ease congestion at two key intersections at Lucas Heights and Engadine, as part of the NSW Government’s $300 million Gateway to the South Pinch Points Program.

State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP said upgrades at the intersection of Princes Highway and Heathcote Road, Engadine and Heathcote Road and New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights are set to be complete by early 2019, to improve traffic flow on this key southern road corridor.

“The intersection of Heathcote Road and New Illawarra Road is one of the busiest in southern Sydney, with around 3,000 vehicles using the intersection every hour in the morning and afternoon peaks.

“Work includes widening New Illawarra Road to provide additional right and left turn lanes to reduce queuing for traffic trying to turn onto Heathcote Road. Traffic lights will also be installed for motorists turning left from New Illawarra Road, heading south towards Engadine.” Ms Gibbons said.

State Member for Heathcote, Lee Evans MP said that improvements will also be made to the busy Heathcote Road and Princes Highway intersection to help improve traffic flow, reliability and travel times.

“Work includes widening Heathcote Road on the approach to the Princes Highway, to include two dedicated right turn lanes onto the Princes Highway and a new shared through and right turning lane.

“More than 20,000 vehicles use this section of Heathcote Road each day so it’s essential to provide safe and efficient traffic movements for all road users.” Mr Evans said.

Since shovels hit the ground in June, Roads and Maritime Services has been working hard to widen the road at both intersections and relocate essential utilities.

Work will continue for up to six days a week and up to five nights a week until Sunday 23 December 2018, weather permitting, to ensure the project is completed.

Work hours will be between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and 8am to 1pm Saturday, and between 8pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday.

Mr Evans and Ms Gibbons both thanked the community for their patience while this essential improvement work is carried out.

Temporary traffic changes will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists, including lanes closures.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.

For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

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