This long-awaited project has been identified as a “key road project” by Shoalhaven City Council, with Nowra locals and visitors to the South Coast too often left frustrated by long traffic delays, especially in peak tourist season.
Labor’s commitment of $5 million will fund Phase One of the Nowra Bypass upgrade, completing planning studies and setting the stage for construction work to begin.
When complete, this bypass will get traffic out of the middle of Nowra, improving liveability and helping small businesses, tourist providers, and local jobs.
The local community has been waiting for this project for almost 40 years, with land earmarked by Shoalhaven Council since 1986.
The Nowra Bypass is the vital missing link between already committed Princes Highway projects to the north and south of Nowra.
The project’s omission from the current Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Transport Plan will see Nowra – Bomaderry turn into the next Albion Park bottleneck, which routinely saw traffic backed up for over 5km in the summer months. For nearly 40 years, the need for a bypass has been recognised as critical. Land west of Nowra has been earmarked since 1986 and the time to move on
this important project is now, will benefit residents, and visitors, as well as Sydney-Melbourne traffic.