WORK has started on the upgrade of the accident prone Pyree Lane east of Nowra.
The $2 million road widening project, will see the width of the road doubled for its entire length from the median strip near Greenwell Point Road to the bridge at the southern end – a distance of 1475 metres.
The $1,992,000 work is fully funded under the state government’s Safer Road Strategy and being undertaken by Shoalhaven City Council.
The road is currently between 5.5m and 6m wide for its entire length; the new work will see each travel lane made 3.3m wide with an additional 2.2m shoulder.
The work will provide proper travel lanes and good sealed shoulders for improved traffic and cycle safety.
The median strip at the northern end of the lane will be extended for a further 40m south.
Last year council acquired land to the west of the current road and undertook surveying and design works.
The country lane is a narrow section of road that has been the scene of many serious and fatal accidents over the years.
Originally built as a lane to service farm land, over the years the growth in the area and traffic volumes have outgrown the road. This work will bring it up to a reasonable standard.
It is planned to have the work completed by the end of the year.
Council undertook initial works, including the installation of the median strip, a few years ago through federal Black Spot funding around the intersection of the lane with Greenwell Point Road.