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Wollongong City Council

West Dapto Projects

We're working on many projects to support the growing community of West Dapto.

Most of our work so far has focused on the West Dapto Access Strategy, which is a plan to create better roads and transport. We’re also working to reduce flood risks in the area.

In the future, our work will expand to include things like sports and community centres, parks and playgrounds and other public facilities.

Council's current projects in West Dapto are shown below.

Ongoing works in West Dapto

Students from Dapto High School recently took a tour of our Fowlers Road to Fairwater Drive work site. Here's what they had to say.

Currently we're working on the Princes Highway/Fowlers Road intersection upgrade. There will be an increase in heavy vehicle movements to transport blended recycled road material to the eastern bridge embankment work site near the Princes Highway/Fowlers Road intersection.

The final stage of works will begin soon with the Princes Highway / Fowlers Road intersection widened to allow for additional turning lanes and improved pedestrian crossings.

Throughout this stage you will see works in and around this intersection including:

  • tree removals
  • service relocations
  • drainage works
  • road widening and construction
  • footpath and driveway construction
  • kerb and guttering
  • new traffic light installation
  • remediation works for identified properties
  • landscaping

During construction both the Princes Highway and Fowlers Road (east of Princes Highway) will remain open. Traffic controls will be in place at times. There will also be some changes at the Elizabeth Street / Princes Hwy intersection and the Yorkshire Road / Fowlers Road intersection.

This project is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken by Council, the link road includes a four lane road, shared path, two bridges and works to make access more reliable when it floods. For Stage 1, which was completed in June 2018, we constructed a new bridge crossing a flood channel.

For stage 2, which is currently underway, we've been building a new bridge to span the south coast railway line and Mullet Creek. Work also includes roadworks, an upgrade to the intersection of Fowlers Road and the Princes Highway, drainage along Daisy Bank and Fairwater Drives and a deviation for Marshall Street. View the plan of the new Princes Highway intersection.

Also these Frequently Asked Questions will help with some of your enquiries.

The project is due to be completed in 2020. About 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 around 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 1E is now complete for the Fowlers Road to Fairwater Drive Project in West Dapto. This time lapse video shows the construction of the bridge over the flood cutting.

Wongawilli Road in 2017

Wongawilli Road, pictured in 2017, will be upgraded from Wongawilli Community Hall to Shone Avenue.

The upgrade will provide safer access for pedestrians, bicyclists, residents and visitors. We anticipate that there will be an increase in residents with the development in the area. This upgrade will help with access and reliability during times of flood and heavy rain.

Funding for this project has come from developer contributions under the West Dapto (Section 7.11) Development Contributions Plan, a Federal Government grant, through the Building Better Regional Cities, and the NSW Restart Resources for Regions program.

Completed works in West Dapto

Shone Avenue West Dapto stage 1

In 2014 we completed work to replace a single lane bridge on Shone Avenue. it was replaced with a wider bridge allowing two-way traffic. The bridge was raised 2.7 metres, making Shone Avenue more accessible during periods of heavy rain. The alignment of the road was changed improving lines of sight and increased safety. We now have shared paths on both sides of the road, providing pedestrians and cyclists with improved safety.

As part of stage two, we replaced an old culvert with a new four-lane bridge on Shone Avenue. The bridge is higher, removing the dip in the road. This new bridge allows better access during periods of heavy rain and flooding. The works also included kerb and guttering and extension of the shared path.

Both projects were funded by the Australian Government's Building Better Regional Cities Programme (BBRCP).

Fairwater Drive West Dapto works

We extended Fairwater Drive from Highcroft Boulevard to Bong Bong Road and from Sierra Drive to Cleveland Road. The new section of road is called Daisy Bank Drive and provides an alternative link from Horsley to the Princes Highway. You can now cycle or walk on the shared pathways along side the new road.

The project also included the construction of a through road in front of Dapto Primary School. This is for student pick up and drop off. Residents can also access Sierra Drive and surrounds.

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

Cleveland Road West Dapto works

To improve safety we put in traffic lights at the intersection of Cleveland Road and Marshall Streets, established a ‘No Right Turn’ into Marshall Street from Cleveland Road, and built a median strip from Mullet Creek bridge to Western Avenue.

New and wider footpaths and a pedestrian safety fence were constructured from the rail bridge to the Princes Highway to provide better access for students and pedestrians.

The single lane bridge over Mullet Creek was replaced with a higher two lane bridge. This now provides reliable access during 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.

West Dapto Princes Highway intersection works

With the increase in housing in the 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. We completed research in design and a flood study for the area.

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.

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