Plans are progressing for the South Batemans Bay Link Road to connect the Princes Highway with Glenella Road, with the preferred option now released for community feedback.
The NSW Government has committed $30 million in funding to complete the project. Thus is on top of the the initial $10 million provided to Eurobodalla Shire Council to get works to the current status.
A roundabout (below) has been identified as the preferred option for the intersection.
The RMS say that in comparison to the other options, a roundabout was found to be the best option as it:
• Provides for all traffic movements between the South Batemans Bay Link Road and the
• Improves safety on the Princes Highway by reducing the speed limit
• Is a safer intersection as it has limited conflict points
• Is easier to build
• Has the least impact on the Princes Highway during construction
• Has the least impact on property, fauna habitat and other environmental considerations
• Provides good value for money. In the preferred option of a roundabout two lanes will provide access to the roundabout for southbound motorists, with a single lane to enter and exit the roundabout from the South Batemans Bay Link Road.
Vehicles turning right from the South Batemans Bay Link Road will have a dedicated lane on the Princes Highway until about 200 metres north of the roundabout. The RMS advise that the project will also improve safety on the Princes Highway by reducing the speed limit between Cranbrook Road and Lattas Point Road, which in turn will lessen the severity of crashes in this area. Four options were identified for assessment for the project. Each option had a similar road design, with different intersection types. A comparative assessment was carried out on each of the four options based on a number of technical studies and investigations.
Each option was ranked in order of how well it met the assessment criteria. A ranking of ‘1’ indicated the best option when compared to the others. The results are shown in the below table below.
HAVE YOUR SAY:
The Transport for NSW project team will hold two community information sessions, the first between 8am and 1pm on Sunday 3 November at the Batemans Bay Sunday Markets at Corrigan’s Beach Reserve, Batehaven and the second will be held from 2pm to 6pm on Thursday 7 November at the Village Centre in Batemans Bay.
The preferred option report will also be on display between Friday 25 October and Friday 22 November at the Batemans Bay Library, Service NSW Batemans Bay, Eurobodalla Council Building and the Moruya Library.
You can visit the Transport for NSW website rms.work/sbblr for more information on the project and to provide your feedback.