APPROVAL for preparatory work on stage three of the Princes Highway upgrade between Berry and Bomaderry has been granted.
The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) has been determined and the submissions report published which means planning approval for the upgrade has been granted.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward welcomed the news.
“This is very exciting news with planning approvals for the staged upgrade of the Princes Highway between Gerringong and Bomaderry now completed.
“The NSW government provided $3 million this year to plan the 11.5 kilometre upgrade which will deliver a four-lane highway with median separation between Schofields Lane at Berry and Cambewarra Road at Bomaderry,” Mr Ward said.
“Roads and Maritime Services placed the concept design and Review of Environmental Factors on display late last year for feedback from community members and stakeholders.
“The community’s feedback has been carefully considered and the REF determined so planning can now move to the next stage.”
The next step will be to incorporate changes to the concept design for the upgrade in response to community and stakeholder comments.
“Roads and Maritime will also continue to consult with affected property owners about land acquisition and detailed planning for the upgrade,” Mr Ward said.
When the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade is completed the NSW government will achieve its objective of providing a minimum four-lane route between Sydney and Jervis Bay Road.
Meanwhile, the projects to the north are progressing with the $329 million Gerringong upgrade due to open to traffic by mid-2015 and the detailed design and build contract for the Foxground and Berry bypass expected to be awarded in the next few months.