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Work about to begin on Mount Ousley Road interchange

The proposed Mount Ousley interchange

MOTORISTS are advised of changed traffic conditions in the northbound lanes of the M1 Princes Highway (Mount Ousley Road) this weekend as part of natural disaster recovery work. 

A 250-metre section of the left-hand truck and bus lane will be temporarily closed after New Mount Pleasant Road to allow workers to safely inspect the slope beside the road that was damaged during the severe weather event in July this year. This urgent work will be carried out between 6am and 10am on Saturday, November 26, 2022. 

Traffic control with a reduced speed limit of 40kmh will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.  

Transport for NSW advises motorists to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control. 

Meanwhile, State MP for Heathcote, Lee Evans has announced that work on the Mount Ousley interchange project begins this month.

The Australian and NSW governments have jointly committed $300 million to build the project. 

NSW Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said the Government’s investment in the major thoroughfare would provide better connections for both drivers and pedestrians.

“I’m excited to see this early work get underway because it’s crucial to our vision of creating a seamless journey along the M1 Princes Motorway through to the Wollongong, making it an even better place to work and live,” Mrs Ward.

“We’re also building and improving walking and cycling pathways, connecting suburbs to the north with the University of Wollongong and TAFE campus.”

Mr Evans said the new interchange would also reduce travel times.

“The new interchange will improve road safety by separating cars and heavy vehicles and by replacing the existing intersection of the Princes Motorway and Mount Ousley Road, improving access to and from the motorway,” Mr Evans said.

“This investment will also stimulate the region’s economy, provide work and training opportunities and create a better travel experience for us all to enjoy.” 

Early work will start in coming weeks and will include relocating and installing water, gas, telecommunications and electrical services in preparation for major work to start in 2024.

For more information on the Mount Ousley interchange, visit https://nswroads.work/MountOusley 


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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