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
- 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 motorway between Yallah and Albion Park is now open in a temporary arrangement.
This only provides access to and from Albion Park as we continue work on the motorway at the southern end.
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.
For more information, please see the videos of these changes.
Oak Flats interchange
On 7 June, traffic signals started operating at the Oak Flats interchange to improve its efficiency and safety.
New Princes Motorway
The northbound lanes of the new motorway will open soon, with the southbound lanes to follow from mid-2021, when the entire alignment is opened to traffic. View our video to learn more about the upcoming traffic changes.
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
The community display centre at the Albion Park Rail bypass site office is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The project team are available to answer any enquiries on the project line 1800 708 727 or email APRbypass@fultonhogan.com.au.
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.