Work to widen the Princes Highway between James Street and south of Torrens Street will begin next month, alleviating the pinch point for motorists travelling through Blakehurst.
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, said the upgrade, which involves adding an extra northbound lane to the Princes Highway to increase road capacity and improve traffic flow, is a permanent solution to traffic congestion.
“The Princes Highway is an important road corridor in southern Sydney that can quickly become congested, particularly during peak periods,” Mr Coure said.
“The upgrade involves removing the current tidal flow that allows an additional lane of traffic on the Princes Highway to travel in either direction, depending on demand, and adding an extra northbound lane on the Princes Highway.”
“This will create four permanent northbound lanes and three southbound lanes between James Street and south of Torrens Street to allow up to 80,000 vehicles using this corridor each day to move through with ease.”
The upgrade also involves installing signalised pedestrian crossings at Torrens, Bunyala and Water streets to boost pedestrian safety.
Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday 6 October and will be carried out from 8pm to 5am Sunday to Friday, 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, weather permitting.
Traffic control and reduced speed limits will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.
Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.
The NSW Government is funding this project as part of the $300 million Gateway to the South Pinch Point Program, which aims to improve traffic flow on Sydney’s key southern road corridors by upgrading major intersections.
Work is on track for completion by mid-2022.
For more information please visit: nswroads.work/torrens