The Australian Government has announced an additional $65 million for the Nowra Bypass planning project, bringing the total joint commitment with the NSW Government to $105 million.
The additional funding will allow further planning and preparatory works to occur for the project.
“Today’s announcement is an important step towards the planning for a bypass, which we know has been a priority for the area for some time,” said Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
The aim of the bypass is to ease traffic congestion, reduce travel times, improve safety for all road users and increase amenity for the community and businesses of Nowra.
“Locals across the South Coast know how much of a bottleneck the Princess Highway can become through Nowra, particularly during this busy summer holiday period,” added NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.
“The planning work already underway is an important step in making this long awaited bypass project a reality.”
Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King added, “By easing traffic congestion and improving safety through Nowra, a bypass will improve the liveability and workability of the region – supporting freight, local businesses and tourism.”
The $105 million Nowra Bypass planning project is being funded by both governments, with the Australian Government committing $97 million and the NSW Government $8 million.
“Since 2011, $5.15 billion has been committed to upgrading the Princes Highway from Albion Park to the Victorian border to bust congestion and make getting from A to B easier for families, truckies and other motorists who depend on this route,” said NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway.