Plans to upgrade the bridge over Woronora River on Heathcote Road at Engadine have reached the next stage with the submissions report from the Review of Environmental Factors now available online.

The report collates and responds to the feedback received during community consultation earlier this year.

Overall, we had a strong response rate, receiving 48 submissions from residents and motorists on a number of key areas.

The report addresses the potential bridge duplication or additional lanes, cost and impacts versus the benefits of the project, and calls to consider alternative alignments or upgrade options in addition to the proposed upgrade.

It also responds to feedback about biodiversity impacts, fauna connectivity and habitat features.

I thank the community for their feedback during the consultation period, all of which have all been considered and responded to in the submissions report.

The next steps for the project include finalising the award of tender, which will be announced in late 2021, with work on the detailed design to follow.

State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said that the community can also expect activity on the NSW Government’s plans to duplicate Heathcote Road with survey work on Heathcote Road from Lucas Heights to Holsworthy starting next month, and to continue until late 2021.

“The NSW Government has provided $35 million for this important stage of work.” Ms Gibbons said.

To view the submissions report, visit the Heathcote Road bridge virtual information centre at nswroads.work/Heathcote-info-centre or visit nswroads.work/heathcote.

For more information on the project, contact the project team on 1800 161 342 or email heathcoteroadbridge@transport.nsw.gov.au