ROADS and Maritime Services has engaged the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology to carry out a three-year population study of the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frogs on the $62 million upgrade of the Princes Highway at South Nowra.
In November 2011 more than 30 endangered Green and Golden Bell Frogs were found on and near the site.
Work was stopped for 88 working days while an environmental management plan was developed to help protect the endangered species.
New frog friendly habitat ponds near the BTU Road intersection are being built and more than four kilometres of frog fencing has already been installed.
And now further studies into the amphibious population are going to be done for RMS.
Properties owners interested in being part of the study are being encouraged to contact the project team.
RMS says work on the South Nowra Princes Highway upgrade between Kinghorne Street and Forest Road is progressing well.
About 100 workers are on site and more than 20 large pieces of machinery are in use.
More than 45,000 cubic metres of material has been excavated, the equivalent of about 18 Olympic sized swimming pools and about 16,000 tonnes of new asphalt has been laid.
Member for South Coast Shelly Hancock said the upgrade will improve traffic flow and travel times through this section of Nowra, especially during peak holiday times.
“It will also provide improved access to business in this area,” Mrs Hancock said.
“Cyclists and pedestrians will also benefit with the inclusion of an off road 2.5 metre wide shared footpath and cycleway on the eastern side of the Princes Highway between McKay Street and Warra Warra Road,” she said.
“An on-road cycle facility will also be provided south of Warra Warra Road.”