11 May 2020

South Batemans Bay Link Road upgrades open for community consultation

| Dominic Giannini
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Artists impression of new roundabout through bushland on Princes Highway and Glenella Road, Batemans Bay.

An artist’s impression of the new roundabout on the Princes Highway and upgraded Glenella Road in Batemans Bay. Photo: Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW.

Transport for NSW is taking live questions about the South Batemans Bay Link Road project, which is aiming to ease congestion in the South Coast town’s central business district (CBD), via its Facebook page on Friday, 8 May.

The project will install a new roundabout on the Princes Highway and a new two-lane road to connect the highway to the link road at Glenella Road.

The aim of the project is to relieve pressure and traffic along Beach Road and help future-proof an expansion of the CBD in the process.

The environmental assessment and concept design report into the project was released in April, and submissions on the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of the proposal are open to the public until 24 May.

The $30 million project will then proceed to a more detailed design process once all the submissions have been reviewed.

“The Princes Highway is an important connection for regional road users and is a key commuter, recreational and commercial route,” states the report.

“Batemans Bay currently experiences congestion along Beach Road and in the CBD due to growth in the region and increased traffic during peak holiday periods.

“The South Batemans Bay Link Road would improve safety, improve access for the southern coastal villages and support the long-term growth and development of the South Coast region.”

Diagram of eight stages of the South Batemans Bay Link Road project.

The eight stages of the South Batemans Bay Link Road project. Diagram: NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW.

A biodiversity assessment, commissioned by Transport for NSW, found that almost 23 hectares of native vegetation would be cleared, which would impact the breeding habitat for glossy black cockatoos and sooty owls in the area.

To provide comments or make a submission, use the online feedback form or write to:

  • Post: Attention: South Batemans Bay Link Road Project Manager, PO Box 477, Wollongong, NSW 2500
  • Email: [email protected]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Transport for NSW is unable to hold community information sessions for this display and will hold the Q&A session online via Facebook Live.

The 30-minute session will be hosted online on 8 May from 12.30 pm to 1 pm.

If you are unable to access Facebook, you can call the project team on 1800 549 159.

The session will be recorded and added to the project’s website.

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