Wollongong City Council has been awarded $25.5 million from the NSW State Government to upgrade West Dapto Road — from Shone Avenue to Rainbird Drive.
This large-scale project includes road, pavement and drainage works, improved access during flooding, new traffic signals, a new shared pathway to connect Wongawilli town centre to the planned Darkes town centre, and the construction of a new pedestrian bridge.
Following the NSW Government’s announcement under the Restart NSW Housing Acceleration Fund (HAF), construction works on the West Dapto Road are anticipated to start early in the new financial year.
Wollongong City Council General Manager Greg Doyle said overseeing the growth and development of West Dapto, is one of the most ambitious and longest-running projects Council has ever undertaken.
“The West Dapto Road upgrade is part of Council’s plans to meet the changing needs of current and future residents who will call this area home over the next 50 years,” Mr Doyle said.
“Over the past 10 years, Council has invested more than $100 million in researching, designing, upgrading and building new roads, bridges, paths and stormwater structures in West Dapto. The Karrara Bridge, which received significant Federal and State Government funding support, was a key milestone for this community.
“This project encompasses the next series of works that will help accelerate the delivery of housing in the West Dapto release area and ensure our road infrastructure is ready for the future.
“Council has consistently advocated on behalf of our community to make this project happen.