Princes Highway Moruya, looking north east

Moruya bypass

Transport for NSW is making progress building a safer and more efficient Princes Highway and has announced plans for a proposed Moruya bypass as part of the Princes Highway upgrade program.

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AUG 2021

AUG 2021Environmental Investigations

Transport is scaling up environmental studies for the preferred strategic corridor option of the Moruya bypass. The environmental studies will complement the extensive consultation that had already taken place to help refine the strategic corridor, with more than 500 community members providing feedback.

To also assist our planning, the project team will be doing field investigations to get a better understanding of the environmental and geotechnical conditions along the preferred strategic corridor. These studies are not indicative of the location of the preferred location of the bypass.

What are we doing?

Specialists have completed preliminary investigations of the preferred strategic corridor and will soon start visual inspections, mapping and detailed analysis of their investigations throughout the project area. From September 2021, we will undertake the following investigations within the preferred strategic corridor.

  • Vegetation and local habitat surveys
  • Aboriginal heritage surveys
  • Geotechnical investigations
  • Ground and utilities surveys
  • Water quality sampling
  • Noise monitoring

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Project information

Transport used information from preliminary investigations and the community and stakeholder feedback to develop options for the preferred strategic bypass corridor for Moruya. Community and stakeholder feedback on the preferred strategic bypass corridor is currently being used to develop the preferred option. Environmental studies will shortly commence along the preferred strategic bypass corridor. This work will include carrying out more investigations to better understand the geotechnical, flooding and environmental constraints and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage impacts along the preferred strategic corridor.

The Princes Highway is a critical link between Sydney and the Illawarra Region with the NSW South Coast down to the Victorian border. It provides vital connections between towns and regional centres and is an important freight link. The Princes Highway connects key east-west road corridors and is a significant route for inter-regional business, tourism and leisure travel.

A bypass would unlock opportunities to improve the feel of Moruya town centre for the benefit of locals, pedestrians and businesses and complement the appealing, tourist-friendly experience of the town.

Following consultation on the preferred strategic bypass corridor, Transport will develop a preferred design option. The preferred design option will have more information on the location of the bypass and proposed connections to the existing road network.

Before finalising the preferred bypass design option, the project team will:

  • Consider and respond to all community feedback provided on the preferred strategic bypass corridor.
  • Carry out more investigations to better understand the geotechnical, flooding and environmental constraints and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage impacts.
  • Design bypass connections to get on and off the bypass.

There will be further opportunities for the community to have their say.

Project documents

Community updates

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May 2021 community update

Preferred Strategic Bypass Corridor.



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May 2021 Strategic Corridor Options Report

Moruya bypass Strategic Corridor Options Report.

August 2020 Community Consultation Report

Moruya bypass.


Frequently Asked Questions

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August 2021

Moruya bypass – Geotechnical investigation

August 2021

Moruya bypass – Noise monitoring

August 2021

Moruya bypass – Flooding and floor level survey

August 2021

Moruya bypass – Landowners

June 2021

Moruya bypass Strategic options process frequently asked questions

May 2021

Moruya bypass general frequently asked questions

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March 2020 251Kb

Media releases

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14 May 2021

Moruya community to have its say on bypass

17 March 2020

Shaping the future of the Princes Highway



Contact us

Phone: 1800 570 579


Post: Moruya bypass project, PO Box 477, Wollongong NSW 2500

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