New South Wales has allocated funds in its 2020-21 State Budget to fix two of the state’s crash black spots, with $35 million in planning money for the duplication of Heathcote Road and another $44 million in planning money for the duplication of Picton Road.
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance, said duplicating Heathcote Road is not an easy task and will take time but will be well worth it.
“Duplicating Heathcote Road will significantly improve safety for the 36,000 drivers who use the road every day,” Mr Constance said.
“We need to get this road right to accommodate future growth from the Illawarra to Western Sydney, and to ensure we have the right infrastructure in place for generations to come.
“Last year alone there were 13 crashes with three people killed on Heathcote Road – these numbers are unacceptable, and this Government is committed to fixing road safety along this corridor as soon as possible.”
The Heathcote Road announcement is in addition to the $183 million in state and federal funding already announced for duplication between Infantry Parade and The Avenue, and $73 million for Heathcote Road Bridge.
Preliminary work was carried out in 2019 in preparation for the upgrade, including the relocation of utilities and the gas main along Heathcote Road.
NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, said the most recent budget would continue the NSW Government’s investment in vital road upgrades to keep people safe while also supporting the state’s economic recovery.
“We know every dollar spent on these upgrades will make a big difference to motorists using these roads every day and at the same time will provide much needed jobs during our economic recovery from the pandemic,” Mr Perrottet said.
The additional funding for the Picton Road duplication in the Wollongong and Wollondilly areas will be delivered over the next four years, for planning to improve safety and connectivity along the road.
“Picton Road is a major arterial road providing connection between the Hume Highway at Wilton and the Princes Highway near Mount Ousley, linking Port Kembla, the Illawarra region and the south coast with Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne,” Mr Constance said.
“This commitment will allow Transport for NSW to complete the strategic business case for the upgrade, as well as finalise modelling and options testing at the Picton Road and Hume Highway interchange.
“The funding will also support the completion of the concept design, environmental assessment and planning approvals, and allow the development of the final business case and detailed design of the upgrade.”
Upgrading Picton Road was identified as key to meeting the demand for additional freight and improved safety in the NSW Freight and Ports Plan for 2018-2023.
The Picton Road strategic business case, including preferred upgrades, is due to be completed in the second half of 2021. Once completed, work will start on concept and detailed design.
Early work, for the already funded upgrade on Heathcote Road between Holsworthy and Voyager Point, is expected to start in early 2021, with major work planned to commence in September 2021 and completion expected in late 2024.