Traffic changes as the project progressively opens
There will be a number of traffic changes as the project progressively opens to traffic this year. This allows parts of the bypass to be used while the remaining work is carried out. These include:
- changing access to and from Albion Park
- asphalting and installing traffic signals on the Oak Flats interchange
- opening the Princes motorway northbound
- opening the Princes motorway southbound.
More information about these traffic changes will be available closer to each of the progressive traffic changes.
Access changes for Albion Park
The first of these changes will be carried out in the coming months when a section of the project between Yallah and Albion Park will open.
Initially, this section of the motorway will open in a temporary arrangement only providing access to and from Albion Park, as we continue work on the motorway at the southern end of the project.
This traffic change includes opening the northbound motorway entry ramp from Albion Park. The southbound motorway exit ramp to Albion Park will become one southbound lane.
At this time the section of the existing Illawarra Highway next to the new motorway will permanently close to through traffic. A cul-de-sac will be built near Croome Lane and access to nearby residents and businesses will be maintained. Access to residents and businesses on Terry Street near Taylor Road will be via Albion Park or the new motorway.
When this traffic change occurs motorists from Dapto, Yallah and Haywards Bay will use the existing Princes Highway to travel south. Access to Albion Park for these motorists will be via the Princes Highway and Tongarra Road.
Oak Flats interchange
In mid-2021, permanent traffic signals will be installed and asphalt laid at the roundabout on the Oak Flats interchange to improve its efficiency and safety.
New Princes Motorway
Earthworks is almost complete and pavement work is already underway on the new motorway. The northbound lanes of the new motorway are expected to open first, with the southbound lanes to followfrom mid-2021, when the entire alignment is opened to traffic.
We thank the community for its patience during construction and we look forward to opening the bypass throughout the year.
- Planning for the future
- Up to 30 per cent travel time saving
- Return local streets to local communities
- Increased road capacity
- Improve the efficient movement of freight
- Six times less likely to crash
- Reduce flood impacts
- Improved connectivity for the Albion Park community
- Up to 16 intersections bypassed
- Better and more reliable trips for locals, tourists, businesses and freight
- Last town to be bypassed between Sydney and Bomaderry
With the easing of restrictions, we have reopened the community display centre. The community display centre is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm (excluding public holidays) and is located at 1914 Illawarra Highway, Albion Park Rail.
In our interactions with you at the display centre, we are following social distancing, hygiene, cleaning and record keeping guidelines from the NSW Government.
Visitor and disabled parking is available. View or download the Albion Park Rail bypass community display centre map (PDF, 509Kb) for more information.
Stage one of the project involved the reconfiguration of Croom Regional Sporting Complex which began in March 2018. The new AFL/Cricket field has been completed in addition to new grass netball courts, changes to the rugby league fields as well as new amenities buildings and horse recreational areas. Completion of this work is a significant milestone for the project and has freed up land to make way for the bypass.
New access road and shared path
The new access road and shared path between the senior rugby league field and little athletics field is now open.
The access road travels under a bridge with a height restriction of four metres. Please see the vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist access map (PNG, 172Kb).
Vehicles over four metres can access the northern facilities, including Illawarra Model Car Club, Southlake BMX Club and the little athletics field from the northern entrance at Croome Road, near Cedar Street.
Vehicles over four metres can access the southern facilities including hockey, netball, junior rugby league fields, senior rugby league field, cricket/AFL field and Shellharbour City Stadium from the temporary southern entrance south of the Croome Road and East West Link roundabout. A bus turnaround bay is available for the southern facilities.