Fulton Hogan has been awarded a major contract to design and build a new interchange in New South Wales.
The $390 million Mount Ousley interchange project will improve road safety by providing northbound access from Mount Ousley Road to the M1 Princes Motorway via an overpass, as well as providing better separation of cars and heavy vehicles.
When complete, the new interchange will include southbound heavy vehicle bypass lanes and safety ramps, a commuter carpark and a shared path and vehicle overpass for improved access between Mount Ousley Road, the M1 Princes Motorway and the University of Wollongong.
It has been revealed that detailed design work will start early this year. Transport for NSW and Fulton Hogan will work together throughout early work and the detailed design process to ensure the community continues to be informed about the project.
“We are one step closer to starting major work on this critical piece of infrastructure, which will not only improve travel times for motorists but also provide safer journeys and support growing freight movements to the south coast,” said Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King.
“This stretch of road is known for traffic queuing and delays during peak periods. Separating cars and heavy vehicles travelling southbound is a unique feature that will provide a safer environment for everyone using the road.”
An estimated five million tonnes of freight travels the M1 Princes Motorway each year, as one of the main road freight corridors to and from the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region.
Federal Member for Cunningham, Alison Byrnes, said the investment in the Mount Ousley interchange is therefore essential.
“The M1 Princes Motorway is the only road in and out of the Illawarra capable of handling the volume and size of traffic needed to support commuters coming to and from Greater Sydney and our growing local industry,” she said.
“It is the economic artery that ensures products like new cars, trucks and buses from the Port make their way to the showroom floor and BlueScope’s world class steel can find its way to market.
“The Australian and NSW governments’ significant joint investment in this project show that we understand this is a busy and vital route for visitors to the region, locals, business and the freight industry.”
Early work will start in the coming months, including survey and geotechnical investigations, utility relocation and vegetation clearing.
Major work is expected to start later this year, with the project expected to take about for years to complete – weather permitting.
In other news, amid prolonged and intense rainfall events across many parts of the country, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is emphasising the importance of safety for truck drivers navigating the wet conditions.
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