Tripoli way

Project Name: Tripoli Way Extension Project

Project Address: Tripoli Way and The Expressway in Albion Park.

Project Budget: Overall project costs are estimated at over $35 million (estimated at June 2020)

The construction of the Tripoli Way Extension, also known as the Albion Park Bypass, is set to improve the traffic flow at key intersections within the town centre.

The extension of Tripoli Way has been part of the Council's long-term strategic plan since 1961, designed to efficiently manage the growing local community. The primary objective of this project is to alleviate congestion on the Illawarra Highway in Albion Park by establishing an uninterrupted travel route connecting Terry Street in the east to Broughton Avenue in the west, effectively bypassing the town center.

This road development initiative will involve the extension, widening, and improvement of both Tripoli Way and The Expressway in Albion Park.

Currently, Tripoli Way stretches from Hamilton Road to Calderwood Road, while The Expressway spans from Moles Street to Calderwood Road.

Upon completion, the project will provide a continuous transportation route for vehicles, running from the Broughton Street/Illawarra Highway intersection in the west to Terry Street/the Illawarra Highway in the east, effectively avoiding the Albion Park Town Centre.

Before: After:

Looking South on Terry Street towards the intersection of Tripoli Way.

A new signalised intersection will provide access to the Town Centre and turning lanes to the Tripoli Way Extension.

Artist impression.
Preliminary Images: Subject to Change

Before: After:

Looking West on Tripoli Way towards the Calderwood Road intersection.

Artist impression.
Preliminary Images: Subject to Change


The primary objectives of the project are to:

  • Alleviate the impacts of traffic growth along Tongarra Road, Albion Park
  • Ease traffic congestion within the Albion Park Town Centre
  • Increase the safety of roads within Albion Park
  • Provide a valuable addition to the transport network.

The extension of Tripoli Way was identified by Council in 1961 as a long term strategic plan to manage our growing community. The project will reduce congestion on the Illawarra Highway through Albion Park, and has been identified in Council's Section 94 Contributions Plan since 1993.

Council engaged consultants, Cardno, in 2016, to help guide design and define project delivery and scope. In February 2020, Council endorsed community consultation to take place on the preferred alignment.

The Tripoli Way Extension is a separate project to the APRb. The physical works for the APRb will finish approximately 350 m north of the where the Tripoli Way Extension ties into Terry Street/Illawarra Highway. However, the design of the Tripoli way Extension has been developed with consideration of the broader traffic network, including the implications of the APRb on local and regional traffic.

The Tripoli Way Extension will improve connectivity with the APRb northbound entry and southbound exit ramps

Construction of the project is expected to commence in approximately 2025 and the approximately duration for construction is 24 months, with the road expected to be opened to traffic in approximately 2027. However, these timeframes are indicative only and are dependent on a range of factors including: the design development process; the outcomes of the environmental assessment and approval process; and the availability of funding. Council will keep the community up to date on the progress of the project on our Shellharbour City Council website.

No, the project is not approved yet.

The concept design is now complete. Environmental approvals including the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) development are currently ongoing. The EIS is a document considering the potential environmental impact of the project.

The community will be invited to make submissions during the public exhibition of the EIS. Council will then consider all feedback before making a determination.

A significant portion of the project will be on Council owned land, some land within private properties will need to be acquired for the project. The precise extent of property acquisition is currently being confirmed as part of the design development process. Council will consult directly with impacted landholders regarding the potential acquisition process proposed as part of the project.

Council has engaged Public Works (PW) to manage property acquisition for the project. Negotiations with some relevant property owners have commenced.

The community will be invited to make submissions during the public exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). All submissions will be; collated, responded to and exhibited as part of the EIS process

Council will consider the feedback from the community as part of the design development process and the environmental assessment process

Council has commissioned a Noise Impact Assessment as part of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF). The assessment will identify likely changes to the noise environment surrounding the Tripoli Way Extension as a result of the project. Where modelled noise levels are predicted to exceed the noise limits described in the current TfNSW Guidelines, the REF will identify a range of mitigation measures to be implemented which may include alternative pavement types to reduce road noise, screening where feasible and at-property architectural treatments.

The barrier is required for safety reasons. The inclusion of the central barrier and restriction to left-in/left-out access only, has been carefully considered as part of the design development for the project. It is needed to ensure the safety of road users, including both local residents and through-traffic, given the increased traffic volumes predicted to be using this route. The barrier will prevent cars from turning right across oncoming traffic between each intersection.

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for Tripoli Way Extension is now publicly available.

The Review of Environmental Factors examines potential impacts of the extension, and how Council will minimise the impacts to the community and surrounding environment.

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) has recommended that additional studies are completed and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is prepared. Council has engaged consultants to complete these additional studies.

The environmental assessment considers a range of factors including traffic, noise, ecology, heritage, water quality, flooding, visual and social impacts. The impacts will be identified in both the REF and the EIS documents and appropriate measures to minimise and manage these impacts will be recommended.

Review of Environmental Factors

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The outcomes of the consultation period shall be considered through the next stages of the project, including:

  • Environmental assessment and approval
  • Detailed design
  • Construction phases.

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