Termeil Creek - Princes Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services has upgraded the Princes Highway at Termeil Creek. The NSW Government funded this $21 million project, transforming the road to modern highway standards to improve safety and efficiency.

The upgrade provides a new, straighter 1.6 kilometre stretch of the Princes Highway and will improve safety for the more than 7,000 local commuters, freight and tourist motorists using the road daily.

The project also features a new Termeil Creek Bridge that is 5.3m metres wider and 26 metres longer than the previous bridge and is capable of withstanding a one in 100 year flood event.

Updates and announcements

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock officially opened the $21 million upgrade of the Princes Highway at Termeil Creek on 7 July 2016. The official opening was also attended by Roads and Maritime project staff and senior staff from contractors CMC.

Project background

Roads and Maritime committed to realign approximately 1.6 kilometres of the Princes Highway to modern highway standards. This section of road immediately north of Termeil Creek Bridge had poor alignment.

A preferred option for the proposed upgrade was publicly displayed for community feedback in December 2010.

A review of environmental factors was publicly displayed for comment from Monday 28 November 2011 until Friday 16 December 2011. The review of environmental factors investigated a range of issues including flora and fauna, flooding and drainage, water quality, non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal heritage as well as noise and visual impacts. The review of environmental factors has since been determined.

Roads and Maritime received 12 comments from the community in response to the review of environmental factors. All comments have been investigated and developed into a submissions report which is available by contacting the project manager at southernprojects@rms.nsw.gov.au.

A referral under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) was made to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) for the Green and Golden Bell Frog. In September 2013 the project was determined as not a controlled action.

Key features

  • Realignment of approximately 1.6 kilometres of the Princes Highway, improving the existing curves to the north of Termeil Creek Bridge
  • Construction of a new, wider bridge designed to achieve 1 in 100 year flood immunity for highway traffic
  • Environmental improvements including crossings for native animals both above and below the new road
  • Measures to protect water quality.


  • Improve road safety
  • Provide safer access for adjacent residents
  • Improve road geometry and alignment
  • Reduce travel times for traffic on the Princes Highway with the upgrade constructed to a 100km/h standard
  • Minimise impact on ecologically significant habitats
  • Improve the creek crossing.

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