About the project

What is the Tripoli Way Extension Project (The Project)

This road project will extend, widen and upgrade the existing Tripoli Way and The Expressway in Albion Park.

Tripoli Way currently runs between Hamilton Road and Calderwood Road and The Expressway currently runs between Moles Street and Calderwood Road.

The project will create a continuous route for vehicles between the Broughton Street/Illawarra Highway intersection in the west to Terry Street/the Illawarra Highway in the east which avoids the Albion Park Town Centre.

The new road would run generally parallel with, and to the north of, Tongarra Road/Illawarra Highway as demonstrated in the design map below.

Progress to date

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 proposed alignment has been selected as the most practical concept design guided by the following information:

  • Desktop environmental analysis including identification and mapping of key ecology and heritage constraints
  • Preliminary consultation with key stakeholders and affected community members
  • Consideration of various alignment options, including options to avoid potential environmental impacts
  • Throughout the project timeline, Council has held discussions with targeted residents and key stakeholders

How can I find out more?

We would like to hear from you so we are able to form a strong understanding of community concerns, issues and expectations and how these can be considered for this project.

Opportunities for community input are also invited through the following avenues:

  • Look for answers in the Questions and Answers tab
  • Share feedback or ask a question in the feedback section (Question and Answers tab)
  • Email: council@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au
  • Request a hard copy feedback form 421 6111 or by visiting Shellharbour City Council Customer Service

Feedback will be open until Monday, 30 March 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: the drop in session has been cancelled.

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.

Proposed Tripoli Way Extension

Proposed Tripoli Way Extension

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Key milestones

  • Timeline item 1

    Concept design and REF

    Council and Cardno will develop the concept design and REF, considering feedback and specialist studies.

  • Timeline item 2

    Detailed design

    The detailed design stage will progress the concept design ready for construction.

    During this stage the pavement design, utility relocation, earthworks plan and other supporting documents will be developed for construction.

  • Timeline item 3

    Construction

    When the detailed design is complete, a tender for construction will be awarded by Council.

    Construction updates will be provided.

Questions & Answers

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 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 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

The environmental impacts of the project are being considered through a detailed environmental assessment process. The assessment will be documented in a Review of Environment Factors (REF) which is being prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). Council will be responsible for reviewing the REF and providing approval for the project to proceed.

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

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.

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 and will be documented in the REF. Council will consult directly with impacted landholders regarding the potential acquisition process proposed as part of the project.

No, the project is not approved yet. The concept design is currently under development and the potential environmental impacts of the project are being considered within the REF. Council will be responsible for reviewing the REF and determining whether the project should be granted approval to proceed.

The REF is expected to be placed on public exhibition in mid-late 2020 and the community will be invited to provide comments/submission. Council will consider the feedback from the community prior to making a determination regarding the project approval. A determination is expected to be made in late 2020.

Yes. Comments are welcomed and can be provided by:

Email: council@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

Drop in information session: Wednesday 18 March 2020 any time from 4pm to 6pm at the Former Tongarra Museum, Albion Park

Request a hard copy feedback form 421 6111 or by visiting Shellharbour City Council Customer Service


Yes. The REF will be placed on public exhibition in mid-late 2020 and the community will be invited to provide comments/submission.

Council will consider the feedback from the community as part of the design development process, the environmental assessment process and prior to making a determination regarding the project approval. A determination is expected to be made in late 2020.

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.

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