Work begins next week on preparations to remove the ‘tidal flow’ system on the Princes Highway at Blakehurst, to provide smoother journeys around the St George area.
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said the work will improve safety for crews who enter live traffic twice each weekday to manually change around 200 orange traffic poles to create the tidal flow.
“Every day more than 80,000 vehicles use this busy section of the Princes Highway between James Street and just south of Torrens Street, so it is vital to ensure traffic flow is improved to keep people moving,” Mr Coure said.
“The current ‘tidal flow’ provides an extra lane for city-bound traffic in the morning peak, before the arrangement is switched back to give southbound motorists more space in the afternoon peak. The system works, but it is inefficient and far from permanent.”
“These upgrades will eventually remove the need for a ‘tidal flow’ providing improved traffic flow for commuters.”
Work will be carried out in stages starting on Monday, 10 February with the demolition of three buildings to help accommodate the extra northbound lane on the Princes Highway.
New median strips will be built and traffic lights with signalised pedestrian crossings will be installed at the Torrens, Water and Bunyala Streets intersection. Street lights, utilities, signage and drainage will also be upgraded and relocated. There will also be minor parking and bus stop changes.
When complete in 2022, there will be four northbound and three southbound lanes on the Princes Highway and access from the Princes Highway into Torrens and Church Streets will be realigned and improved.
Transport for NSW is working with Georges River Council and an independent arborist to ensure any trees that are removed from nearby Todd Park are offset.
The community and motorists will be kept informed as the project progresses.
For more information on this project please visit: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/james-street-torrens-street-blakehurst.