The NSW Government is funding this project as part of its $300 million Gateway to the South Pinch Point Program which aims to ease congestion and improve journey reliability on Sydney’s key southern corridors.
Transport for New South Wales is widening the Princes Highway and removing the tidal flow arrangement between James Street and south of Torrens Street, Blakehurst. The completed project will provide an additional lane northbound removing the need to operate the tidal flow.
The tidal flow arrangement on the Princes Highway reverses the direction of traffic of one southbound lane to northbound during the morning peak. This is then changed back to its original configuration outside the morning peak.
In February 2020, Stage one of the work will start. This will involve the demolition of 394A, 396 and 669 Princes Highway, Blakehurst. The locations of these three buildings are shown in the February Start of work notification (PDF, 378Kb). Demolishing these three buildings will help prepare for stage two.
From early February until May 2020, we will work up to six days a week, weather permitting.
Our day work hours will be 7am-6pm from Monday to Friday and 8am-1pm Saturdays. Our standard night work hours will be 8pm-5am from Sunday to Friday. Residents will be notified of any upcoming night work.
Stage two of the work will involve utility relocations and pavement widening on the Princes Highway. The completed project will provide an additional lane northbound removing the need to operate the tidal flow.
For more information please view or download the February Start of work notification (PDF, 378Kb).
Roads and Maritime Services will be upgrading the Princes Highway between James Street and south of Torrens Street, Blakehurst.
The tidal flow arrangement operating between James Street and south of Torrens Street, Blakehurst allows traffic on one lane of Princes Highway to travel in either direction depending on traffic conditions. It improves the flow of traffic during peak periods by altering its direction to accommodate additional traffic. This project will provide motorists with a permanent solution to traffic congestion, by widening the Princes Highway to provide an additional lane.
The work includes:
- Widening Princes Highway between James Street and south of Torrens Street to accommodate the removal of the existing tidal flow arrangement
- Removing the existing tidal flow arrangement on Princes Highway to allow a free-flow of traffic, with four northbound lanes and three southbound lanes between James Street and south of Torrens Street
- Strip acquisition of the southern verge of Todd Park, adjacent to Princes Highway, to accommodate the widening of Princes Highway
- Construction of new medians on Princes Highway and upgrade of traffic signals at the intersections of Princes Highway and Torrens Street, Water Street and Bunyala Street
- Realigning the access into Torrens Street from Princes Highway to accommodate the widening of Princes Highway
- Removal of two car parking spaces near the access into Torrens Street from Princes Highway to accommodate the realignment
- Strip and property acquisition of residential and business premises on Princes Highway to accommodate the widening of Princes Highway
- Realigning the access into Church Street from Princes Highway to accommodate the widening of Princes Highway
- Adjusting the access into the Church Street car park from Church Street, and relocating of a water bubbler to accommodate the widening on Princes Highway
- Relocating the existing north bound bus stop on Princes Highway, from south of Church Street, to closer to the Church Street car park
- Installing a new signalised pedestrian crossing on Princes Highway, south of Torrens Street
- Installing new signalised pedestrian crossings on Bunyala Road, Water Street and Torrens Street, at the Princes Highway intersections
- Adjusting existing footpaths on Princes Highway, Torrens Street and Church Street
- Upgrading and relocating the existing street lighting, utilities, signage and drainage
- Tree removal, trimming and landscaping.
We will keep you updated on construction timelines as our design progresses.
Phone: Project Manager, Elie Anthony, on 1800 572 114 (during business hours)
Post: Gateway to the South Program Project Team, Roads and Maritime Services, PO Box 973, Parramatta, NSW, 2124.