DIRECT access into Flinders Industrial Estate will be maintained following the completion of the $62 million South Nowra Princes Highway upgrade according to South Coast MP Shelley Hancock.
Mrs Hancock said she had received assurances by Roads and Maritime Services that access into the estate would be maintained following the South Nowra highway upgrade.
Shoalhaven City Council has voiced concerns that when the highway duplication is complete there will be no right turns off the highway and into Flinders Road.
If that were the case and southbound right turns at the current location were banned, B doubles, other trucks and vehicles would have to continue to the Quinns Lane roundabout, do a 180-degree turn, and head north before being able to turn into Flinders Road.
Council is seeking a $1.5 million state grant to build a new access road into the industrial estate, starting with a new leg on the roundabout outside McDonald’s on the Browns Road roundabout.
“I am disappointed Shoalhaven City Council has stated that access into Flinders Road would be affected by the road works, given the constant assurances by myself and Roads and Maritime Services that this is not the case,” Mrs Hancock said.
“RMS have taken on board the views of the community – particularly business operators within Flinders Industrial Estate and given public assurances that there is to be no change to access arrangements into Flinders Road.
“In fact, RMS will only be undertaking safety improvement works between Browns Road and Quinns Lane – including the construction of a shared footpath, line marking works and the installation of additional signage and lighting.
“Of course current accesses are not desirable and there is a need to expedite new arrangements from the Browns Road roundabout.
“That is why I support Shoalhaven City Council’s application for $1.5 million under Restart Illawarra to make these improvements.”