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West Dapto Access Strategy

There is a lot happening in West Dapto. In the next few years you will see new roads, new suburbs and new town centres. We’ve been working with the community to enhance the potential of West Dapto and ensure it continues to be the exceptional place it is to live

As more people and families make West Dapto their home, a major difference Council can make is to provide safe and reliable access to the area. Already there has been significant research, planning and work undertaken to address flooding and develop better road infrastructure. However, this is an enormous task and a long term undertaking.

For the latest information, including regular updates on road improvements in and around West Dapto keep coming back to this page or follow Council on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

You can also find out more about the growth of this area on our Planning For West Dapto page.
This project is proudly funded by the Australian Government in association with the NSW Government and Wollongong City Council.
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Fowlers Road to Fairwater Drive

Stage 2

Current/Upcoming Works

Overnight deliveries along Fowlers Road to Marshall Street work site

Twenty “Super-T” bridge girders will be delivered to the Marshall Street work site from Tuesday 11 December up until Friday 21 December. We expect overnight deliveries between11pm and 6am. These 28-metre long bridge girders will be used to construct the main bridge spans over the south coast rail line. Residents and businesses along the route may experience increased noise, flashing lights and traffic disruption. However every effort will be taken to minimise these impacts where possible. Traffic management will be in place and access for emergency services will be maintained at all times. We encourage road users to seek alternative routes or allow additional time as part of planning travel through the area. The Super-T delivery route is the  M1/ Mt Ousley Road/ M1 - Fowlers Road south bound Exit Ramp - Fowlers Road - through Princes Highway intersection - through Marshall Street roundabout - into Marshall Street work site.

Main bridge construction work the weekend before Christmas:  22 and 23 December 2018

The installation of the “Super-T” bridge girders for the main bridge over the south coast rail line will occur during the planned rail corridor shutdown of 22 and 23 December.  Due to the extensive work required to install the girders in this limited time, the bulk of the works will take place between 5am on Saturday 22 December 2018 and 7pm Sunday 23 December 2018. The 20 bridge girders will be craned from the laydown area within the work site into position during this rail closure.

Work will involve:


  • Set up and removal of a 450 and 150 tonne crane
  • Preparation/dressing of bridge girders prior to placement
  • Lifting bridge girders into position
  • Minor scaffold work

While every effort will be taken to minimise impacts, these will include:


  • Noise - from machinery such as a crane, hand tools, generators and general worksite activities
  • Lights - flashing lights from machinery and vehicles and lighting towers to light up the work site 
  • Traffic control at the site entrance

Marshall Street changes and roundabout removal

The area where Marshall Street and Fowlers Road currently cross will be used to build the embankments for the new link road which will connect to the new bridge across the railway line. This means some changes need to be made to the alignment of Marshall Street and that the Marshall Street and Fowlers Road roundabout will be removed. See the FAQ and maps below.

Marshall Street deviation works

Works to connect the new section of Marshall Street include:
  • Underground drainage works: which are anticipated to commence in mid-January 2019, for approximately 3 days from 7.00am till 5.00pm; and
  • Road connection works: which are anticipated to start on Monday 21 January 2019 and take approximately three weeks to complete.
Please note these days and times are subject to change due to weather and site constraints. See the FAQ and maps below.


Embankment fill blending works at Cleveland Rd, Dapto 

Blending works for the embankment fill material to be used for the bridge approaches is continuing at Cleveland Rd.  We blend recycled road materials for use in construction.  Passing pedestrians and motorists may see steam produced from lime activation as part of the blending process which can be mistaken for dust or smoke. If there are strong winds, blending works will be shut down to avoid excessive dust. 

Bridge approach ramp and large retaining wall works at Marshall St, Dapto

Ramp and large retaining wall works are continuing. There will be increased heavy vehicle movements at the intersection during construction.

Daisy Bank Drive and Fairwater Drive, Dapto intersection works

Roundabout removal, road works and traffic light installation is occurring from late 2018 to mid 2019. Drainage and road widening works are expected to continue until early 2019. This work area and the site entrance at the intersection will see increased heavy vehicle movements. Please travel through the intersection safely and follow all traffic controls.




Refer to location 1 on the West Dapto Access Strategy map.

Fowlers Road has been extended to Marshall Street increasing connectivity and decreasing congestion. This includes a roundabout at the intersection of Fowlers Road and Marshall Street, and the installation of traffic lights at the Fowlers Road and Princes Highway intersection.

The project was funded by the State Government's Local Infrastructure Fund (LIF). Works were completed in 2012.



Refer to location 2 on the West Dapto Access Strategy map.

With the increase in housing in the West Dapto area West Dapto Road will become a more important transport link. With issues of flooding, rail crossing, blind corners and narrow carriageway the road needs significant work to upgrade. Much research in design and flood study has been undertaken with much more to needed to complete. 

We will be presenting a range of solutions and concept designs to the community soon and with community input will develop final designs to ensure a safe and reliable transport solution.

The upgrade of the intersection of West Dapto Road and the Princes Highway was completed in 2014. Including access to the Illawarra Turf Club meant the intersection is now four-way. Traffic lights, a left turn lane from West Dapto Road and a new shared path were included in the upgrade. This also provides a link from Dapto to Berkeley for pedestrians and cyclists.

The project was funded by the State Government's Local Infrastructure Fund (LIF).


​Refer to location 3 on the West Dapto Access Strategy map. 


The single lane bridge on Shone Avenue was replaced with a wider bridge allowing the flow of two-way traffic. The bridge was raised approximately 2.7 metres, making Shone Avenue more accessible during periods of heavy rain. The alignment of the road was changed which improved lines of sight and increased safety. Shared paths were constructed on both sides of the road providing improved safety and amenity for cyclists and pedestrians. 

The project was funded by the Federal Governments Building Better Regional Cities Program (BBRCP). Works were completed in 2014.

The culvert on Shone Avenue was replaced with a four lane bridge. The bridge is at a higher level, removing the dip that was in the road previously. The bridge allows better access during periods of heavy rain and flooding. The works also included kerb and guttering and extension of the shared path.

The project was funded by the Australian Government's Building Better Regional Cities Programme (BBRCP). Works were completed in 2015, earlier than anticipated.

We've also put together a time lapse video of the Stage 2 works:


Refer to location 4 on the West Dapto Access Strategy map.

Fairwater Drive has been extended from Highcroft Boulevard to Bong Bong Road and from Sierra Drive to Cleveland Road. The new section of road has been named Daisy Bank Drive. The road provides an alternative link from Horsley to the Princes Highway. Shared paths are provided along the length of Fairwater Drive, providing cyclist and pedestrian access to Dapto High School.

The project also included the construction of a through road in front of Dapto Primary School. The road creates separation between through traffic on Fairwater Drive, traffic associated with student pick up and drop off, and residents of Sierra Drive and surrounds.

The project was funded by the State Government's Local Infrastructure Fund (LIF). Works were completed in 2011.


Refer to location 5 on the West Dapto Access Strategy map.

A number of safety measures have been implemented including traffic lights at the intersection of Cleveland Road and Marshall Streets, establishing ‘No Right Turn’ into Marshall Street from Cleveland Road, and construction of a median strip from Mullet Creek bridge to Western Avenue.

New and wider footpaths and a pedestrian safety fence have also been constructed from the rail bridge to the Princes Highway to provide better access for school students and pedestrians.

The single lane bridge over Mullet Creek was replaced with a higher two lane bridge providing increased access during periods of heavy rain. A roundabout, a ‘kiss and drop zone’ (car park) and new school bus zone were also constructed.

The project was funded by the State Government's Local Infrastructure Fund (LIF). Works were completed in 2014.


Refer to location 6 on the West Dapto Access Strategy map.

Wongawilli Road will be upgraded from Wongawilli Community Hall to Shone Avenue. Through presenting concept designs to the local community, comment and feedback has shaped the detailed design and treatment of flood water in the area.

The upgrade will provide safer access for pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic, which is anticipated to substantially increase in line with development in the area, and improve the reliability of existing links during heavy rain and flooding.

Funding for this project has come from developer contributions under the West Dapto ( Section 96) Development Contributions Plan, a Federal Government grant, through the Building Better Regional Cities, and the NSW Restart Resources for Regions program. 


Refer to location 7 on the West Dapto Access Strategy map.

One of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken by Wollongong City Council, the connection between Fowlers Road and Fairwater Drive includes a four lane road, shared path, two bridges and flood mitigation construction. The Stage 1 bridge crossing the flood channel, was completed in June 2018. The Stage 2 main bridge will cross the south coast rail line and Mullet Creek. Stage 3 works will commence in 2019 and will include the upgrade of the Princes Hwy and Fowlers Rd intersection. The project is due for completion in 2020. When finished, the link will provide a safer and reliable connection for the suburbs of West Dapto to the Dapto Town Centre, the Princes Highway and the M1.
At approximately 1.3km in length, this new link road will provide a flood reliable access route, reduce congestion and improve connection to the wider road network. Council worked closely with community members and service providers to establish the preferred option for this new link in West Dapto.

In addition to funds provided by Council, initial funding for this project has been secured from the Australian Government; the NSW Government - Infrastructure NSW’s Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund; the NSW Government - Office of Local Government’s Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme; and a Design Grant from NSW Government - Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

Stage 2: Construction
Stage 2 construction works started in August 2018. This stage includes the bridge over the South Coast Rail Line and Mullet Creek; earthworks, roadworks, intersection upgrade and drainage works along Daisy Bank and Fairwater drives, and Marshall Street deviation works.

Stage 1: Complete
Stage 1 was finished in June 2018 with the construction of initial bulk earthworks, high voltage power and other service relocations and the bridge over the flood diversion channel. 

Take a virtual tour: 


Refer to location 7 on the West Dapto Access Strategy map.




Click image above to view larger PDF of timeline [170 KB]

For more information about this project, see the top of this page or check out the information below:


Fowlers Road to Fairwater Drive FAQs [793 KB]

Fowlers Road to Fairwater Drive Artist Impressions [7.7 MB]

General Arrangement Plan [745KB]


​Council is planning for the current and future development of West Dapto. The area is located 12km south of Wollongong and covers approximately 4700 hectares.

Over the coming decades West Dapto will grow to accommodate approximately 17,000 more dwellings with the population expected to increase by 50 000. To cater for the growth Council has developed some key governing documents.

These include:

You'll also find more information on our West Dapto Urban Release Area page.

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