Australasian infrastructure construction company, Fulton Hogan, has been awarded the contract to deliver the $390 million Mount Ousley interchange in Wollongong, New South Wales.
The project – jointly funded by the Australian Government ($240 million) and the NSW Government ($150 million) – will aim to improve safety for more than 50,000 motorists by providing northbound access from Mount Ousley Road to the motorway via an overpass, while also aiming to provide better separation of cars and heavy vehicles. According to a joint press release from the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, and other local politicians, design work will start in early 2024, with major works to commence in late 2024.
The project is expected to take approximately four years to complete and is expected to create work and training opportunities for more than 450 people. According to the NSW Minister for Illawarra and the South Coast, Ryan Park, the project represented a “key piece of infrastructure” for the entire region.
“This major improvement is one of my priorities as Minister for the Illawarra and the South Coast and I’m thrilled it’s getting underway,” he said. “While the priority is to get the work done, we will need to balance that with the need to ensure this critical commuter and freight route remains open, and disruptions are minimised where possible.”
When complete, the new Mount Ousley interchange will include southbound heavy vehicle bypass lanes and safety ramps, a commuter carpark, a shared path and vehicle overpass for improved access between the road, M1 Princes Motorway, and the University of Wollongong.
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