Bypass to open a year ahead of schedule

The Shellharbour interchange

The Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP and the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole have announced the $630 million Albion Park Rail Bypass project is tracking more than 12 months ahead of schedule.

It is now due to open mid next year.

“I’m excited we’re delivering this project ahead of schedule and on budget, as it shows the community that we are serious about delivering for the South Coast, and doing it as soon as possible,” says Mr Ward.

“This demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to upgrading this section of the Princes Highway which will see the efficient movement of freight and reduce journey times for all motorists as well as returning the local streets to their local communities.”

The 9.8 kilometre bypass between Yallah and Oak Flats will complete the ‘missing link’ for a high standard road between Sydney and Bomaderry.

Sixty-five per cent of traffic is expected to use the bypass.

More than two million hours of work have been carried out on the bypass to date and around 2,800 people have worked on the project since construction started.

Close to 70 per cent of full time jobs have gone to local workers.

“The project has made use of extended work hours to deliver the upgrade more quickly than expected while significantly reducing construction impacts,” says Minister Toole.

“This project is also going to be a game-changer for the community.

“The bypass will significantly reduce traffic through Albion Park Rail, with 65 per cent of vehicles expected to transfer onto the bypass once completes.”

Two of the project’s 13 bridges are now open to traffic, with crews pushing on with work on other bridges as well as utility relocations and major earth and road work.

One response to “Bypass to open a year ahead of schedule

  1. The question no one seems to have asked/answered on this is WHY? Surely when a huge project is delivered this early, something’s gone funky somewhere? Is it being delivered early and on budget? Was there an extra injection of cash? Were corners cut? Were the estimates incorrect, in which case – who gets it so badly wrong? Did they put on extra workers? Did the project scope change? I mean, all hail the state government but faster does not automatically equal better (and slaps on the back all round) in a giant infrastructure project such as this, surely.

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