Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP today announced A one-kilometre section of the new East West Link being built as part of the Albion Park Rail bypass project has now been officially opened to traffic.
Mr Ward said that the NSW Government was getting on with the job of building vital road infrastructure for the South Coast.
“Today we’ve reached a significant milestone with the first lanes along the East West Link opened to vehicles,” Mr Ward said.
“Motorists travelling between Croome Road and Woollybutt Drive can now use this section of the road with additional sections of the new East West Link expected to open in early 2020.
“By moving traffic onto these lanes, workers will be able to access the old road and continue work on the bypass.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government has invested $630 million to build the Albion Park Rail bypass to complete the 'missing link' for a high standard road between Sydney and Bomaderry.
“The bypass will return local streets to local communities and make for a safer and more reliable journey for locals, tourists, businesses and freight,” Mr Toole said.
“The East West Link is an important local road that connects the Oak Flats Interchange and Albion Park, separating local and through traffic, providing access to the local quarries while combatting congestion in the area.”
Motorists travelling east from Croome Road and Ashburton Drive will access the new section using the new roundabout opposite the Croom Regional Sporting Complex.
Those travelling west along the existing East West Link will be diverted onto the new section of road at the Woollybutt Drive intersection.
Traffic control and reduced speeds will remain in place to ensure the safety of road users and workers.