Planning for the Moruya Bypass is ramping up following extensive community consultation to help identify a preferred option for the project which will form part of a major infrastructure spend on the South Coast.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project was part of the Australian and NSW government $1.5 billion commitment to upgrade the Princes Highway between Nowra and the Victorian border.
“The new bypass will bust congestion for motorists and freight operators travelling through the picturesque NSW South Coast, creating a better and more reliable highway for all users, particularly during peak holiday periods,” Mr McCormack said.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said that Moruya Bypass was one of three major projects progressing along the Princes Highway to improve traffic flow.
“As well as progressing the Moruya Bypass we are also moving ahead to improve the Jervis Bay Road Intersection as well as planning for the Milton Ulladulla Bypass. All three projects will ensure safer, faster and more reliable journeys along the NSW South Coast,” Mr Toole said.
State Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the community had provided feedback on locations for the Moruya bypass corridor, design suggestions and potential social, economic and environmental impacts for the Moruya community.
“The community consultation report is an important step in the ongoing consultation process for this project and we’re now using this feedback to help identify a preferred option,” Mr Constance said.
Senator Jim Molan AO DSC said the Moruya Bypass will help thousands of Australians reach their destinations along one of the nation’s most scenic highways sooner and safer.
“Moruya locals and tourists shouldn’t have to be delayed in traffic, which is why our government is backing this essential upgrade as part of our commitment to improving major highways and local roads across NSW and the nation,” Senator Molan said.
Arup Australia Pty Ltd will partner with Transport for NSW to prepare the strategic design to inform the preferred option, which will be presented to the community for further feedback later in the year.
Four other Princes Highway upgrade projects have also progressed to the next planning phase with design contracts recently awarded for:
- 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; and
- Burrill Lake to Batemans Bay upgrade – AECOM Australia Pty Ltd.
For more information on the Moruya Bypass and to view the community consultation report visit nswroads.work/moruyabypass