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Why is this work being done?
The Berrima Road Deviation project is just one of many being completed to support the Moss Vale Enterprise Corridor. It will provide safer and more efficient access between the Hume Highway and a significant area of land, between Moss Vale and New Berrima, set aside for employment generating development.
What will the Berrima Road Deviation Project involve?
Berrima Road will be re-aligned and deviated away from the existing rail level crossing.
The existing rail level crossing will remain but vehicles will use a new rail overbridge constructed as part of the deviated Berrima Road to cross the railway line.Approximately 600 metres of new road will be constructed including a new B-triple capacity roundabout at the intersection of Berrima Road and Taylor Ave, New Berrima.
What and where is the Moss Vale Enterprise Corridor?
The Moss Vale Enterprise Zone also provides an important link to the Main Southern Rail Corridor including access to Port Kembla via the Moss Vale to Unanderra rail line.
The rationale behind these improvements is that it will provide safer and more efficient access to our shire for heavy vehicles commuting between Sydney and Melbourne thereby opening our region to further business and commercial opportunities.
How will the project be funded?
The total cost of the Berrima Road Deviation Project is estimated to cost $9.2 million.
The Australian Government is providing $4.6 million in funding through the National Stronger Regions Funds (NSRF) with the remainder of monies to come from Council’s reserves.
Council collects contributions towards this work via a Section 94 Plan for the Moss Vale Enterprise Corridor to help fund the proposed road network that will need to be developed over time as development occurs.
Learn more about this S94 contributions plan here.
Has Hume Coal financially contributed to the project?
No. Claims made on social media that Hume Coal is funding the deviation of Berrima Road are false.
Hume Coal has also refuted this claim on 2ST Radio news 12/3/2018. See https://www.2st.com.au/news/highlands-news/120610-hume-coal-has-made-no-financial-investment-in-berrima-deviation-project