Coal trucks in Picton’s main street could be a thing of the past if Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell gets his way.
The outgoing Liberal state member, who decided not to contest the 2019 election so as to spend more time with his family, is lobbying for Picton Bypass to be built.
Mr Rowell is advocating for funding to be allocated in the upcoming state budget – to be handed down on June 19 – so construction can start on the new road.
A bypass would reduce congestion through the main street of Picton.
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“The road would go from Wilton or Maldon to Tahmoor,” he said.
“The aim is to reduce traffic in Picton’s CBD.
“In peak hour the main street in Picton always has trucks on it and is busy with people trying to get onto the highway.
“Getting in or out of Menangle Street can be dangerous and the trucks also have to go past school zones.
“The only other option for trucks besides going through Picton’s CBD is to use Victoria Bridge which has a height limit.
“Trucks frequently hit the top of the bridge.
“The bypass will also make it easier for drivers in Tahmoor to get onto the Hume Highway.”
The Wollondilly MP said the bypass had been talked about for at least six years.
“This road should have been built sooner,” Mr Rowell said.
“Wollondilly is the sixth largest producer of coal in NSW.
“The Resources for Regions program should have funded the bypass but Wollondilly was not eligible.”
The program aims to deliver improved local infrastructure to mining-related communities and improve economic growth.
Mr Rowell said he wanted to get this project funded as his “last hurrah”.
“My goal is to get the road funded before I leave office,” he said.
“It is one of two big items I am fighting for.
“I also want further upgrades to the Bowral and District Hospital’s emergency department.”