The much-needed alternative connection between the Nowra CBD and East Nowra is a step closer with planning now under way.
The Minns Labor Government has allocated $12 million from the $334 million Regional Roads Fund to plan and start early work on the East Nowra Sub Arterial (ENSA) Road Project.
The sub-arterial road will connect Greenwell Point Road in the vicinity of Old Southern Road to the Princes Highway at North Street.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison joined South Coast MP Liza BUTLER and Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley in Nowra to update the project.
The Minister said, “This is part of the Minns Labor Government’s commitment to provide a safer Princes Highway, reduce congestion, and help make the growing community of the Nowra region a better place to live, work, study and visit.
“The Shoalhaven community and visitors to the area will all benefit from reduced travel times along the highway and surrounding roads when this important project is delivered.”
Transport for NSW is now working through the grant process with Shoalhaven City Council, who will continue to progress the project.
Member for South Coast Liza Butler said, “Residents and business owners alike have told me that it is imperative this work begin while we continue planning for the Nowra Bypass
“The bypass alone will not solve Nowra’s traffic congestion. ENSA will provide much needed relief for locals and tourists travelling from Nowra to the coastal villages of Culburra, Callala, and Greenwell Point, while the Nowra Bypass will provide relief for traffic moving further south of Nowra.”
The next steps will involve assessing the project’s connection to the state road network, and ensuring it aligns with planning also underway for the Nowra Bypass.