Princes Highway

Princes Highway upgrade program

We are delivering safer and more reliable journeys on the NSW South Coast by progressing upgrades to the Princes Highway.

To deliver safer, more efficient, and reliable journeys for the people who live, work and explore the NSW South Coast, we’re upgrading this iconic coastal route. We’re now progressing priority projects between the south of Nowra and the Victorian border, under our Roadmap to 2040. You can find out more about the priority projects on this page.

Latest news

OCT 2022

OCT 2022Princes Highway upgrades progressing

Several key outcomes and milestones have been announced today for priority projects under the Princes Highway upgrade program.

Milton Ulladulla bypass refined corridor

The location of the northern and central connections for the Milton Ulladulla bypass have now been confirmed, with a refined corridor released today. The corridor has been refined to accommodate three connections to the existing Princes Highway and minimise impacts to the environment where possible. It provides a better opportunity to connect the bypass to local roads and town centres, supporting access to local businesses, services, and homes.

Work is continuing on the concept design and environmental assessment, and once complete, more information about the bypass connections and design features will be released and the community will have opportunities to provide feedback. View the latest community update (PDF, 1.55Mb).

Jervis Bay to Sussex Inlet Road upgrade progressing

Work is progressing on the Jervis Bay Road to Hawken Road preferred strategic corridor to concept design. This involves extensive design work and investigations.

The upgrade includes:

  • Four lanes for highway traffic, two in each direction.
  • A continuous median barrier dividing the highway to help reduce the number and severity of crashes.
  • Service roads to improve safety and provide access to the highway for residents and businesses.
  • An intersection at Hawken Road that will feature an overpass, allowing traffic access to the highway in both directions as well as allowing east-west movements between Hawken Road and Blackbutt Range Road.
  • Connection to the upgraded Jervis Bay Road intersection.

View the latest community update (PDF, 2.26Mb).

Moruya bypass community feedback report now available

Community feedback on three shortlisted corridors for the Moruya bypass has been captured in a report released in October 2022, now available online.

Transport will do further design work for all three shortlisted corridors to better understand the opportunities and challenges that all three corridors present.

Over the last two years approximately 1,300 submissions were received from the community during two rounds of consultation. View the Report (PDF, 9.46Mb).

JUN 2022

JUN 2022Princes Highway upgrade

What's happening on the Princes Highway?

We’re upgrading the Princes Highway to be safer, more reliable, more efficient and better connected network for the NSW South Coast.

Watch the latest video updatee from Princes Highway upgrade program director, Julian Watson, providing an update on the program and priority projects.

Planning is progressing for five priority projects:

We’re working closely with communities and stakeholders to ensure we balance the best outcomes for transport customers – now and into the future.

More news on the Princes Highway upgrade program

News archive

View the news archive for past updates.

Project information

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.

Between 2011 and 2019, the Australian and NSW governments have invested $2.9 billion upgrading the Princes Highway to provide safer and more reliable journeys.

The focus is now on the future, with the Australian and NSW Governments committing $2.25 billion since 2019 to upgrade the Princes Highway between the south of Nowra and the Victorian border.

Planning for priority projects is progressing including Jervis Bay Road and Princes Highway intersection upgrade, Jervis Bay to Sussex Inlet Road upgrade, Milton Ulladulla bypass, Burrill Lake to Batemans Bay upgrade and Moruya bypass.

Early work for the Jervis Bay Road and Princes Highway intersection upgrade is on track to commence by the end of this year. Early work will transition to major work in 2023.​ Construction is expected to take around three years to complete, weather permitting.

  • Improving safety for local communities, visitors and freight who all share the road.
  • Easing traffic congestion.
  • Better connecting communities through improved local access.
  • Transforming the South Coast of NSW and catering to its growth.
  • Better connecting communities through improved local access.
  • Easing traffic congestion.
  • Creating more reliable journeys.
  • Enabling more efficient movement of freight.
  • Growing regional economies through improved access to regional centres.
  • Improve the atmosphere of regional town centres for the benefit of locals, pedestrians and businesses.

Projects

Projects in construction

Transport for NSW is building a new four lane bridge over the Shoalhaven River, upgraded intersections and additional lanes on the Princes Highway. The project will improve traffic flow and ease congestion on a major section of the Princes Highway and deliver faster and more reliable journeys within the Nowra-Bomaderry area.

The NSW and Australian Governments have each committed $342 million to the project.

For more information, see the Nowra Bridge project.

Projects in planning

The intersection upgrade between Jervis Bay Road and the Princes Highway will improve safety for all transport customers, reduce congestion, improve access to local roads and growing tourist and residential areas, improve network resilience, support active and public transport users and support the growth of regional economies.

For more information, see the Jervis Bay intersection upgrade project.

Planning for a bypass of Milton and Ulladulla is underway.

The Milton Ulladulla bypass will deliver safer and more reliable journeys along the Princes Highway by bypassing the Milton and Ulladulla town centres. Bypassing Milton and Ulladulla will take the flow of 'through' traffic away from these town centres, reducing travel times. The Milton Ulladulla bypass is a priority project as part of the Princes Highway upgrade program that aims to deliver a safer highway for the NSW South Coast. 

For more information, see the Milton Ulladulla bypass project

Planning for Moruya bypass is underway.

A Moruya bypass would deliver safer and more reliable journeys between South Coast communities for locals, visitors and freight operator and ease congestion especially during peak holiday periods. 

A bypass would improve the atmosphere of the Moruya town centre for locals, pedestrians and businesses and enhance the appeal of the area to tourists and improve safety for vulnerable road users by taking heavy vehicles off the main street. 

For more information, see the Moruya bypass project.

Transport for NSW is delivering safer and more reliable journeys on the South Coast by progressing the upgrade on Princes Highway between Jervis Bay Road and Sussex Inlet Road. The priority section of the Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road upgrade has been identified as the six-kilometre upgrade between Jervis Bay Road and Hawken Road. The prioritisation of the northern section follows assessments into safety, traffic efficiency, connectivity needs and environmental conditions. 

For more information, see the Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet upgrade project.  

Transport for NSW is delivering safer and more reliable journeys on the South Coast by planning for future upgrades to sections of the Princes Highway between Burrill Lake and Batemans Bay.Transport is planning for important safety upgrades to ensure safer and more efficient journeys for motorists including additional overtaking lanes, intersection upgrades, shoulder widening, and rest area upgrades.

For more information, see the Burrill Lake to Batemans Bay project.

Projects completed

Transport for NSW is building an extension of the M1 Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats to bypass Albion Park Rail. The NSW Government is funding the $630 million project. The bypass would complete the 'missing link' for a high standard road between Sydney and Bomaderry.

For more information, see the Albion Park Rail bypass project.

Transport for NSW is upgrading the Princes Highway between Berry and Bomaderry. The $450 million project will improve safety, increase road capacity, improve traffic flow and deliver better and more reliable journeys on this section of the highway.

For more information, see the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade project.

The $274 million project will build better connections in and around Batemans Bay for motorists, freight, river users, pedestrians and cyclists. Major work started in early 2019 and is planned to be complete in early 2023.

For more information, see the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project.

Roads and Maritime Services officially opened the Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong in August 2015. The upgrade provides 7.5 kilometres of upgraded highway between Mount Pleasant and Toolijooa Road and includes two new interchanges with access to Gerringong and Gerroa.

For more information, see the Gerringong upgrade project.

The Foxground and Berry bypass opened in November 2017. The bypass includes  a four-lane divided highway (two lanes in each direction) with median separation for 12.5 kilometres of the Princes Highway between Toolijooa Road and just south of Andersons Lane. The upgrade also includes a bypass of the existing winding highway at Foxground and a bypass of Berry with access ramps at the north and south of the town.

For more information, see the Foxground and Berry Bypass project.

Roads and Maritime Services has completed the upgrade to the Princes Highway at Termeil Creek The project involved building a new wider bridge over Termeil Creek and realignment of approximately 1.6 kilometres of the Princes Highway to improve the curves north of the bridge. Construction was completed in mid 2016.

Roads and Maritime Services has completed the new Burrill Lake Bridge on the Princes Highway, just south of Ulladulla. Construction of this $58 million project was complete in March 2018.

For more information, see the Burrill Lake Bridge project.

Project documents

Media releases

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25 May 2021

Milton gets the green light for new traffic

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25 February 2021

Safety improvements on Princes Highway from Turlinjah to Bodalla

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15 April 2020

Strategic plan for Princes Highway upgrade moves forward

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2 April 2020

Meet the Princes Highway upgrade team for a Q&A session on Facebook live

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17 March 2020

Shaping the future of the Princes Highway

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Email: princeshighway@transport.nsw.gov.au

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