Princes Highway

Princes Highway upgrade program

We’re moving forward with plans to build a safer Princes Highway.

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AUG 2020

AUG 2020Five projects move to next planning phase

Contracts have been awarded for the strategic investigation and design for five sections of highway proposed to be upgraded between Jervis Bay Road, Falls Creek, and Moruya.

The Princes Highway upgrade between Jervis Bay Road and Sussex Inlet Road, Burrill Lake and Batemans Bay and Jervis Bay Road intersection, Milton Ulladulla bypass. and Moruya bypass projects have moved ahead to the next planning phase as part of our commitment to deliver a safer Princes Highway.

Contracts have been awarded to:

  • Jervis Bay Road intersection upgrade - Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd
  • Jervis Bay to Sussex Inlet upgrade – Cardno (NSW/ACT) Pty Ltd
  • Milton Ulladulla bypass - Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd
  • Burrill Lake to Batemans Bay upgrade – AECOM Australia Pty Ltd
  • Moruya bypass – Arup Australia Pty Ltd

These upgrades aim to address over 300 crashes on these sections of the highway since 2014.

AUG 2020

AUG 2020Community consultation reports are available

Earlier this year we asked the community to provide feedback on three key projects. The Community Consultations Reports for these projects can be found here:

AUG 2020

AUG 2020Tree removal to improve bushfire resilience

Transport for NSW is removing high risk trees on the Princes Highway to deliver a more bushfire resilient highway network. Trees at risk of falling or impacting the road network during or after a bushfire will be identified for removal. The tree removal work aims to help prepare communities for future bushfire seasons, improve evacuation routes and get people and freight moving quicker on the highway and surrounding roads following a bushfire.

Our team will only remove high risk trees and environmentally sensitive areas will be carefully assessed and impacts to local wildlife will be minimised. Aboriginal culture and heritage will also be respected and carefully assessed as part of this process.

The community will start to see high risk trees marked for removal from early August.

APR 2020

APR 2020Strategic roadmap underway

ARUP Australia Pty Ltd is developing a strategic roadmap for the Princes Highway between south of Nowra and the Victorian border.

The roadmap will determine the strategic priorities for the next stage of the Princes Highway upgrade as we work to deliver safer, more reliable journeys and better connected and more mobile regional centres. The roadmap is expected to be complete in later 2020.

Project information

Since 2011, $2.5 billion in highway upgrades has delivered a safer Princes Highway. A further $960 million has been committed to improve the Princes Highway between Jervis Bay Road and Moruya to create more mobile and better connected regional centres for locals, visitors and freight.

  • Improving safety for local communities, visitors and freight who all share the road
  • Easing traffic congestion
  • Better connecting communities through improved local access
  • Transforming the South Coast of NSW and catering to its growth
  • Better connecting communities through improved local access
  • Easing traffic congestion
  • Creating more reliable journeys
  • Enabling more efficient movement of freight
  • Growing regional economies through improved access to regional centres
  • Improve the atmosphere of regional town centres for the benefit of locals, pedestrians and businesses.

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Projects

Projects in construction

Roads and Maritime Services is building an extension of the M1 Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats to bypass Albion Park Rail. The NSW Government is funding the $630 million project. The bypass would complete the 'missing link' for a high standard road between Sydney and Bomaderry.

For more information, see the Albion Park Rail bypass project.

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the Princes Highway between Berry and Bomaderry. The $450 million project will improve safety, increase road capacity, improve traffic flow and deliver better and more reliable journeys on this section of the highway.

For more information, see the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade project.

The $274 million project will build better connections in and around Batemans Bay for motorists, freight, river users, pedestrians and cyclists. Major work started in early 2019 and is planned to be complete in early 2023.

For more information, see the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project.

Transport for NSW is building a new four lane bridge over the Shoalhaven River, upgraded intersections and additional lanes on the Princes Highway. The project will improve traffic flow and ease congestion on a major section of the Princes Highway and deliver faster and more reliable journeys within the Nowra-Bomaderry area.

The NSW and Australian Governments have each committed $342 million to the project.

For more information, see the Nowra Bridge project.

Projects in planning

The Jervis Bay Road and Princes Highway intersection has one of the highest volume of vehicle movements on the highway between Nowra and the border with Victoria and has been the location of 15 crashes in the past five years, resulting in six serious and 11 minor injuries. A safer and more reliable intersection is our priority.

Planning has progressed to the next phase, with the design contract recently awarded to Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd.

We will consider all feedback and concerns alongside further traffic and transport modelling and environmental and field studies to help identify a preferred option. A preferred option will be identified and announced later this year.

For more information, see the Jervis Bay intersection upgrade project.

Planning for a Milton Ulladulla bypass is underway.

A bypass would deliver safer and more reliable journeys between South Coast communities and ease congestion especially during peak holiday periods by removing the need for vehicles to pass through 20 separate intersections.

Planning has progressed to the next phase, with the design contract recently awarded to Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd.

It will also increase road safety after 85 crashes were recorded in the existing highway corridor through Milton and Ulladulla in a five-year period to 2018.

A bypass would improve the atmosphere of Milton and Ulladulla town centres for locals, pedestrians and businesses and enhance the appeal of the area to tourists.

Planning has progressed to the next phase, with the design contract recently awarded to Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd.

For more information, see the Milton Ulladulla bypass project.

Planning for Moruya bypass is underway.

A Moruya bypass would deliver safer and more reliable journeys between South Coast communities for locals, visitors and freight operator and ease congestion especially during peak holiday periods.

A bypass would improve the atmosphere of the Moruya town centre for locals, pedestrians and businesses and enhance the appeal of the area to tourists and improve safety for vulnerable road users by taking heavy vehicles off the main street.

For more information, see the Moruya bypass project.

Transport for NSW is delivering safer and more reliable journeys on the South Coast by progressing the upgrade on Princes Highway between Jervis Bay Road and Sussex Inlet Roads.

Planning has progressed to the next phase, with the design contract recently awarded to Cardno (NSW/ACT) Pty Ltd.

For more information, see the Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet upgrade project.

Transport for NSW is delivering safer and more reliable journeys on the South Coast by progressing the upgrade of the Princes Highway upgrade between Burrill Lake and Batemans Bay.

Planning has progressed to the next phase, with the design contract recently awarded to AECOM Australia Pty Ltd.

For more information, see the Burrill Lake to Batemans Bay project.

Projects completed

Roads and Maritime Services officially opened the Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong in August 2015. The upgrade provides 7.5 kilometres of upgraded highway between Mount Pleasant and Toolijooa Road and includes two new interchanges with access to Gerringong and Gerroa.

For more information, see the Gerringong upgrade project.

The Foxground and Berry bypass opened in November 2017. The bypass includes  a four-lane divided highway (two lanes in each direction) with median separation for 12.5 kilometres of the Princes Highway between Toolijooa Road and just south of Andersons Lane. The upgrade also includes a bypass of the existing winding highway at Foxground and a bypass of Berry with access ramps at the north and south of the town.

For more information, see the Foxground and Berry Bypass project.

Roads and Maritime Services has completed the upgrade to the Princes Highway at Termeil Creek The project involved building a new wider bridge over Termeil Creek and realignment of approximately 1.6 kilometres of the Princes Highway to improve the curves north of the bridge. Construction was completed in mid 2016.

Roads and Maritime Services has completed the new Burrill Lake Bridge on the Princes Highway, just south of Ulladulla. Construction of this $58 million project was complete in March 2018.

For more information, see the Burrill Lake Bridge project.

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15 April 2020

Strategic plan for Princes Highway upgrade moves forward

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