Transport NSW has released its preferred route for the Milton-Ulladulla Bypass and it has been met with a mixed response from the community.
The route follows a corridor from Little Forest Road north of Milton, west of Ulladulla and Milton townships and re-joins the Princes Highway at Canberra Crescent, just north of Burrill Lake.
While residents and business owners in Ulladulla and Milton have been lobbying for a bypass for more than 20 years, and are happy to finally see some progress, there are concerns about the preferred route.
Following community feedback provided in March and April 2020, a number of bypass options were developed by Transport NSW including bypassing Milton and Ulladulla, extending the bypass to include Milton, Ulladulla and Burrill Lake and further extending the bypass to include Lake Tabourie.
According to Transport NSW, the options were evaluated and on balance the existing corridor in the Shoalhaven LEP was found to best achieve the objectives of the project and Princes Highway upgrade program.
However, the proposal has been met with outrage by Burrill Lake residents who claim the plan to funnel traffic into the village would increase the already congested roads during peak periods.
A meeting will be held tonight (Thursday) at 6pm at 32 Lakeview Drive Burrill Lake where the community will form a battle plan to have the bypass constructed to the west of their village.
Burrill Lake Residents Association Ian Carroll invites people to attend the meeting and have their says on what he says is the most important issue the village will face in the next 100 years.
State member for South Coast Shelley Hancock, who was a Shoalhaven City Councillor when the original route was mooted in the 1990s, agrees the preferred option is not the best option.
“I think the original route at the time was ok, but so much has changed since then,” Mrs Hancock said.
“We have a new Burrill Lake bridge and here we have an exit at Canberra Crescent – and this my concern.”
Mrs Hancock said she spoke to Transport Minister Paul Toole yesterday, and raised the concerns of Burrill Lake residents.
She is encouraging Transport NSW to rethink the preferred option and encourages residents to have their say via the online survey.
“If we have to go back to the drawing board, we have to go back to drawing board,” she said.
“In this day and age you can't have a bypass exiting at Burrill Lake.”
Shoalhaven City Council Patricia White says many people are very happy to see the bypass moving forward, however she understands the frustration of the Burrill Lake community, especially considering the recent growth of the village.
“There are more people living in Dolphin Point and Burrill Lake now, and that’s a fact,” she said.
“We have to look at whether this is the right place for the road and, if it is, we have to look at the best outcomes.”
Transport NSW says the preferred option would maximise the amount of traffic using the bypass, including heavy vehicles, and provide the most opportunities to connect to town centres, businesses, services, homes and local roads compared to other options assessed.
“This would provide smoother and more reliable journeys day-to-day throughout the community,” The Transport NSW report says.
“It would also provide opportunities to enhance the character and liveability of the area, support sustainable economic growth and improve safety for transport users. This option would have lower impacts to environmentally sensitive areas, avoiding greater impacts to native vegetation and wetlands.
“Our plan for the Princes Highway is for safer, more reliable and better connected journeys to the Victorian border.
“Transport for NSW is planning further work to understand the future needs and performance of the Princes Highway south of the preferred strategic corridor.
“This will include consideration of improvements as part of the Burrill Lake to Batemans Bay upgrade project.
Transport NSW is seeking feedback via a number of options.
Complete the online survey.
Have your say by Sunday 20 December, 2020.
Have a question? Join us online via Facebook Live
Meet the project team and ask your questions during our online Q&A.
Date: Monday 7 December, 2020
The session will also be recorded and posted to this webpage.
You can also contact the project team via:
Phone: 1800 719 759
Mail: Milton Ulladulla bypass project team,
PO Box 477, Wollongong, NSW.
For more information on how the preferred option was selected, read the preferred strategic corridor option report (PDF, 7.51Mb) and our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 1.16Mb).