The NSW government will continue working on the project to add four climbing lanes to Mount Ousley Road to get it ‘‘shovel ready’’, despite federal funding falling through.
The $84-million project would create four new climbing lanes, two in each direction.
The northbound climbing lanes are planned at locations between Cataract Creek and Bellambi Creek, while southbound lanes would be between Bulli Pass and Cataract Creek.
The federal Labor government had committed up to $42 million to the project as part of the five-year Nation Building Program that was due to begin in July next year.
However, a spokesman for incoming Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss said last month that the project would not be receiving any funding.
Those projects with signed contracts would be honoured by the new federal government, but the climbing lanes project was an election commitment.
‘‘Any non-contracted announcements made by the previous Labor government are to be reassessed on their merits in collaboration with the NSW government,’’ said a spokesman for Roads Minister Duncan Gay.
While acknowledging the project would need federal funding at some stage, the spokesman said the government ‘‘was getting on with the job’’ when it came to the climbing lanes on Mount Ousley Road.
That included moving forward with the concept and planning stages.
The spokesman said Roads and Maritime Services had last month engaged Australian engineering and consultancy firm SMEC Australia to undertake a review of environmental factors for the provision of the climbing lanes.
‘‘Since coming to office, the NSW government has allocated $5.3million towards traffic modelling, initial survey work and planning and provision of additional climbing/acceleration lanes on Mount Ousley Road,’’ the spokesman said.
The spokesman also confirmed that the $4 million allocated in this year’s budget for the climbing lanes was separate from the $4 million in funding announced this week by Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka to provide a turning lane to make it easier for vehicles turning left on to Mount Ousley Road from Picton Road.
The T-intersection will be replaced by a 700-metre northbound acceleration lane.
‘‘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,’’ Mr Ajaka said earlier this week.