The NSW government will be spending $4 million on safety improvements to Mount Ousley Road.
Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka said the work would make it easier for motorists turning onto Mount Ousley Road – also known as the M1 Princes Motorway – from Picton Road.
‘‘Roads and Maritime Services [RMS] will carry out work to improve safety for vehicles turning left from Picton Road on to the M1 by replacing the T-intersection with a new 700-metre northbound acceleration lane,’’ Mr Ajaka said.
‘‘The new lane will allow more time for vehicles to accelerate before merging with other traffic and will separate slower moving heavy vehicles from light vehicle traffic.’’
The work will also include installation of a new retaining wall, replacement of guard rails, signs and line marking and widened road shoulders.
The work is expected to start next month and reduced speed limits and detours are expected to be in place along the exit ramp and Mount Ousley Road.
Completion is scheduled for mid-2014.
An RMS spokeswoman stated the $4million being spent on this project was not a reallocation of the funds initially earmarked in this year’s State Budget for climbing lanes on Mount Ousley.
The $84million climbing lanes project was to be jointly funded by the state and federal governments but Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss last month confirmed they would not provide funding.