$21 million for Mount Ousley Interchange
30 November 2020
The Mount Ousley Interchange has received a $21 million funding injection, for planning development work to continue on the much-needed project.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the NSW Government funding will go towards the interchange's detailed design, utility service investigations, further environmental assessment and property acquisition.
"The interchange will replace the existing intersection of the Princes Highway and Mount Ousley Road, which currently experiences long queues and delays during peak periods and has a poor crash history," Mr Constance said.
"This project will improve safety for both light and heavy vehicles, provide for future traffic growth, improve access and travel time to and from the Princes Motorway and the Wollongong CBD and increase safety for both light and heavy vehicles."
Minister for Local Government and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said the proposed solution addresses a number of concerns raised by the community.
"The current concept includes two roundabouts, a heavy vehicle bypass lane and a heavy vehicle exit ramp, two heavy vehicle safety ramps, a commuter car park and active transport connections to handle the many demands on this intersection," Mrs Hancock said.
"It will also include an additional exit to the University of Wollongong which will help reduce congestion on the Princes Motorway during university peak times."
Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said this interchange will play a huge role in shaping the way our communities move around in years to come.
"Once delivered, the interchange will transform the Illawarra region, boost the State's economy and improve the quality of life for people of the Illawarra and Greater Sydney," Mr Evans said.
The concept design is now complete and Transport for NSW has since carried out detailed geotechnical investigations to help inform the detailed design.
The community will notified as the project progresses, with construction funding and timing yet to be confirmed.
For more information on the project, visit the Mount Ousley Interchange project page.