The NSW Government is funding the $62 million upgrade of the Princes Highway between Kinghorne Street and Forest Road at South Nowra. The upgrade involves upgrading 6.3 kilometres of the Princes Highway to four lanes that will improve traffic flow and efficiency through this section of Nowra.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is managing project delivery and Nace Civil Engineering is contracted to construct the upgrade.
What's happening in May 2013?
The southern entrance to Jellicoe Street will be closed to all traffic 24 hours a day / 7 days per week until Monday 27 May 2013. For more information, read the "Latest News" section to the right.
Other work in May includes:
- Continuation of pavement construction and road widening for the roundabout at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Hillcrest Avenue.
- Construction of drainage lines along the new northbound carriageway of the Princes Highway.
- Construction of the pavement layers for the new northbound carriageway.
- Construction of the new frog friendly culverts.
- Construction of additional street lighting.
- Revegetation of the roadside batters from Browns Road to Kinghorne Street.
- Construction of guard rail in the vicinity of Hillcrest Ave and concrete safety barrier along the new northern alignment between Central Avenue and Quinns Lane.
- Extension of the culvert at Browns Creek.
- Construction of the shared path in the vicinity of the new truck inspection bay.
More information is available on the construction progress page.
Northbound highway shoulder
The community raised safety concerns regarding the need for a northbound shoulder along the highway between Parma Road and Forest Road which was not included in the original scope of the highway upgrade.
This new road shoulder will also provide a connection to the off road cycle facility south of Warra Warra Road.
RMS has prepared a submission for the Australian Government (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) that assesses the impacts to endangered species in the area as a result of the shoulder widening work. This submission will form part of the Environmental Assessment for the widening work. The submission is currently with the Australian Government for review and work to build the shoulder will commence once the assessment and associated land acquisitions are finalised.
As part of the highway upgrade, mitigation measures to protect the endangered frogs include installation of frog fencing and construction of frog friendly culverts.
Construction traffic impacts
During construction, the Princes Highway through the work area has a reduced speed limit for the safety of motorists and workers. Motorists are asked to exercise caution when travelling through the work site and to comply with all temporary signposting and traffic control measures. Please plan your journey in advance to allow extra travel time.
It is recommended that cyclists travel within the highway travel lane, as minimal shoulders exist for cyclists to ride on. The reduced speed limit on the highway allows for safer cyclist passage through the project.
RMS apologises for any inconvenience this essential work may cause and every effort will be made to keep minimise the impacts caused by this work.