Project History

BERRY BYPASS PROJECT:

I fought hard to secure $580 million funding for the Berry Bypass project.

I recently invited the Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian down for an inspection of the remarkable progress being made on the Berry Bypass project. I am very pleased to advise that the project is six months ahead of schedule, with the Foxground section set to be opened to traffic prior to Easter and the Berry section opened to traffic prior to Christmas 2017.

This upgrade gives the people of Berry back their town and will also be a huge boost to improving road safety and travel times for motorists.

Since the first sod was turned just over two years ago, tremendous progress has been made and by Christmas this year motorists will be travelling on around 10 kilometres of new highway with two lanes in each direction.

The 12.5 kilometre upgrade will improve safety and travel time for the 19,400 motorists travelling on the highway daily and is expected to save up to seven minutes travel time, reduce crashes by about 64 per cent and improve safety of Berry’s pedestrians.

The Foxground and Berry bypass project is an 11.6 kilometres stretch of four-lane highway between Toolijooa Road and Schofields Lane on the Princes Highway and has created around 400 construction jobs.

People have spoken about the Berry Bypass since 1955 – now it has become a reality. Actions speak louder than words.

I have fought to deliver record levels of roads funding for the Illawarra and South Coast communities. And as your local MP and your local voice in Parliament, I will continue to do so.

GERRINGONG UPGRADE:

Prior to the 2011 election, I fought hard to secure $329 million funding to deliver the Gerringong upgrade of the Princes Highway which provided the new Omega Bridge and upgraded 7.5 kilometres of the Princes Highway between Mount Pleasant and Toolijooa Road at Gerringong, providing two lanes in each direction and include two new interchanges with access to Gerringong and Gerroa providing much better access for local motorists along with visitors to our region.

One of the reasons I stood for Parliament in 2011, was my desire to get on the with the job of fixing our Princes Highway after years of neglect from the previous Labor Government who took our region for granted.

I have fought to deliver record levels of roads funding for the Illawarra and South Coast communities. And as your local MP and your local voice in Parliament, I will continue to do so.

ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS:

Prior to the 2015 election, I fought hard to secure funding from the NSW Government for the Albion Park Rail Bypass project after 16 long years of Labor neglect and broken promises.

The Albion Park Rail Bypass will complete the missing link on the Princes Highway between Sydney and Bomaderry.

For 16 long years, calls from Illawarra communities for this critical piece of infrastructure fell on deaf ears with a do-nothing Labor Government.

This Bypass will provide a 10 kilometre extension of the M1 Princes Motorway, providing a bypass of Albion Park Rail between Yallah and Oak Flats and will make it easier to get to Dapto, Albion Park and Oak Flats.

When complete, these communities will enjoy a four lane free flowing motorway, travelling at 100km/h and bypassing 16 intersections, cutting travel times by about 30 per cent.

This bypass is a dream come true for local motorists who frequently get stuck in traffic through Albion Park Rail.

So many people have said this could never be done – but actions always speak louder than words.

For 16 years in Government and four years in Opposition – NSW Labor never committed to funding this project – in fact, in Parliament, Illawarra Labor MP’s have voted AGAINST it!

This project will return local streets to our communities by moving freight movements onto a motorway, as well as providing improved connections to the Albion Park Town Centre.

I have fought to deliver record levels of roads funding for the Illawarra and South Coast communities. And as your local MP and your local voice in Parliament, I will continue to do so.

NOWRA BRIDGE PROJECT:

I have worked with the Federal Government and the Member for South Coast to help secure $1.6 million in NSW Government funding towards the Nowra Bridge project.

Planning is underway for a new bridge that will improve conditions on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra. As well as a new bridge, the project will look at improving congestion at the intersections at Illaroo Road, Bolong Road and Bridge Road/Pleasant Way.

In July 2014, the NSW Minister for Roads and Freight announced planning for the new bridge should focus on a location as close as possible to the west (upstream) of the existing concrete bridge.

Now that a location has been finalised, Roads and Maritime will start work on concept designs for the bridge, and start investigations into the intersections at Bolong, Illaroo and Bridge roads.
In September 2015, the NSW Government submitted to Infrastructure Australia a priority list of projects which included a new bridge on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River. The submission was officially lodged by Infrastructure NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.
Development for the project will progress based on the recommendation not to use the old Nowra bridge as part of the functional road network.
Preferred options for intersection improvements are expected to be displayed in the next few months.
I have fought to deliver record levels of roads funding for the Illawarra and South Coast communities. And as your local MP and your local voice in Parliament, I will continue to do so.

BERRY TO BOMADERRY – FIGHTING TO DELIVER THE NEXT STAGE OF PRINCES HIGHWAY FUNDING:

I am now focused on delivering the funding to for the next stage upgrading our Princes Highway – which is Berry to Bomaderry.

That is why I am calling on residents to sign my Petition calling on both the Commonwealth and NSW Governments to work together to deliver the funding required to get the Berry to Bomaderry project started and ultimately delivered.

The upgrade will provide around 10.6 kilometres of four-lane highway with median separation between Mullers Lane, Berry and Cambewarra Road, Bomaderry. The Berry bypass will be extended to the south, providing motorists with a further 900 metres of upgraded highway. This additional section will be built as part of the current work without increasing the construction period for the bypass.
Once the highway upgrade between Berry and Bomaderry is built, it will complete four lanes of divided highway between Waterfall and Jervis Bay Road, Falls Creek.
Planning approval for the project is now in place. The NSW Government has provided $4.5 million in the 2015-16 State Budget to continue planning for the highway upgrade.
The concept design includes:

* A right turn bay into O’Keeffes Lane for northbound motorists
* A two metre wide road shoulder and pedestrian footpath at the Jaspers Brush/Strongs Road and Pestells Lane/Meroo Road overpasses and the Morschels Lane/Devitts Lane underpass
* A vehicle access track under the bridge at Flying Fox Creek
* A u-turn bay on Boxsells Lane
* Wildlife crossings under the highway at Flying Fox, Jaspers Brush and Wileys creeks
* Relocating the previously planned Pestells Lane/Meroo Road interchange north by about 50 metres to help reduce impacts to private properties
* Refining the design of the interchange at Morschels and Devitts lanes interchange to allow locally significant trees to be maintained, and to improve road user safety during construction.
I have fought to deliver record levels of roads funding for the Illawarra and South Coast communities. And as your local MP and your local voice in Parliament, I will continue to do so because our region deserves nothing less.