I was pleased to join Minister for Roads Duncan Gay and Member for Miranda Eleni Petinos today to announce the start of major work on the $40 million Alfords Point Road upgrade – the first ‘Gateway to the South’ congestion relieving project underway in southern Sydney.

Mr Gay said the NSW Government was delivering the critical upgrade between the Georges River and Brushwood Drive at Illawong to improve capacity and ease congestion for local and travelling motorists.

“Our work in the south won’t stop here – we’re powering ahead with other projects from this program that are in planning including widening sections of the Princes Highway and King Georges and Heathcote roads,” Mr Gay said. “This Government is delivering to a region otherwise forgotten by Labor for 16 years – getting people in and around the region on improved roads.

“Our ‘Gateway to the South’ Pinch Point Program will provide better connections to major hubs such as Miranda, Bankstown and Wollongong and will improve the roads for cyclists, pedestrians, cars and trucks alike.”

The new lanes will connect to the Brushwood Drive on and off ramps to reduce the need for merging, which can contribute to congestion in peak travel times. Safety features of the upgrade include a new central barrier to separate north and southbound traffic as well as a breakdown bay southbound mid-way between the river and Brushwood Drive. The southbound truck inspection area will be relocated to beneath the Illawarra Road Bridge and the pedestrian paths on the eastern side of Alfords Point Road will be upgraded.

Nace Civil Engineering Pty Ltd is delivering the upgrade which is expected to open to traffic before the end of next year.