Works have started on the fully federally funded Princes Highway and Hector McWilliam Drive intersection near Tuross Head on the NSW south coast.
Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis together with the Tuross Head Progress Association negotiated the project funding that will support the upgrade and improve road safety.
Mrs Sudmalis said,“The works will be extensive and will include the creation of a dedicated left-turn lane from the Princes Highway onto Hector McWilliam Drive as well as a new sealed commuter car park to replace the existing car park.”
“Other works include the installation of a concrete median and moving the stop line forward on Hector McWilliam Drive, widening the bus bay and extending it to the south. This will allow buses to park further away from the intersection, improving sight distance.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said road safety was crucial to the region and that the condition of the road needed to meet the demands of busy tourist seasons.
“The project will not only save travel time for local drivers but also for the visitors who flock to the south coast in holiday season.”
Access to the new carpark will be on Hector McWilliam Drive only and access from the Princes Highway will be removed. Commuters will be able to access the old commuter carpark during the works.
Other projects under the Eurobodalla Roads Upgrade Package, which will provide important safety benefits for Gilmore, include a roundabout at George Bass Drive and Tomakin Road to improve traffic flow and new traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Beach Road and Perry Street.
Lane closures and a 40 km/h speed limit will be in place during work hours and may affect travel times. Motorists should allow up to five minutes extra travel time during this work.
Works are expected to be completed by late 2018, weather permitting and will be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 6pm and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm, excluding public holidays.