Nov 12, 2008

Princes Highway safety upgrade now complete

Princes Highway safety upgrade now complete

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 12 2008

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and NSW Minster for Roads Michael Daley today welcomed the completion of the Princes Highway safety upgrade from South Nowra to Falls Creek.

Mr Albanese said the $23.5 million upgrade from Forest Road at South Nowra to Jervis Bay Road at Falls Creek was now open to motorists two months ahead of schedule.

“The Federal Government put forward $15 million under the AusLink Strategic Regional Program to get this important road safety upgrade completed as quickly as possible,” he said.

“This upgrade is an excellent example of how the Federal and State Governments are working together to deliver real road safety benefits along major freight and tourist routes such as the Princes Highway,” Mr Albanese said.

NSW Roads Minister Michael Daley said the State Government contributed $4.5 million towards the upgrade, which was later increased to $8.5 million to extend the project an extra kilometre past Falls Road.

“After careful consideration and feedback from the community we decided to extend the project by another kilometre to Jervis Bay Road – increasing the length of the upgrade to four kilometres,” he said.

The work included:

  • Widening the highway to four lanes from south of Forest Road to Jervis Bay Road including a duplicate two-lane bridge over Currambene Creek;
  • The installation of a wire rope safety barrier between opposing traffic;
  • The upgrade of the intersections of Comberton Grange Road, Parma Road and Falls Road;
  • The construction of U-turn facilities in Forest Road and Parma Road to provide residents with safe access in all directions, and
  • Road resurfacing at the existing bus bays along the highway.

“This project has significantly improved the condition of this road, providing motorists with a first-class four-lane road on this busy section of the Princes Highway,” Mr Daley said.

“The widening work will improve traffic efficiency along the highway, and the installation of wire rope safety barriers and the intersection upgrades will significantly improve road safety,” he said.

Some minor work will be finished in the coming weeks.