|M1 A1||Pacific Motorway, Pacific Highway, New England Highway, John Renshaw Drive, Gore Hill Freeway, Warringah Freeway, Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Cahill Expressway, Eastern Distributor, Southern Cross Drive, General Holmes Drive, The Grand Parade, President Avenue, Princes Highway & Princes Motorway (M1 / A1) - Ulladulla to Batemans Bay|
M1 / A1 is the principal coastal route through New South Wales, and forms part of the circumferential route around Australia.
The route varies greatly along its length and includes sections of rural highway, urban arterial road, divided rural highway and also motorway. The route also features several tunnels, located in the inner east, inner south and lower northern suburbs of Sydney and at Yelgun and Tweed Heads, at the northern end of the route in NSW. The route passes through forest, rural, residential, commercial and industrial areas.
- 7 June 1926: The Princes Highway comes under a federal and state government £ for £ funding scheme, thus recognizing the importance of the highway as major route.
- August 1920: Official opening of Princes Highway performed at Warragul in Victoria. The formation of the Princes Highway is from existing roads being renamed, after the visit to Australia in 1920 of the Prince of Wales (later to become King Edward VIII, and after abdicating, the Duke of Windsor).
- 1 July 1928: Princes Highway became a state highway. 2
- 1936: Construction of deviations between Nowra and Batemans Bay, other deviations in this period include various sites including Tomerong, Stewarts and Luncheon Creeks, Myrtle Gully, Conjola, Ulladulla (East Lynne to Batemans Bay), straightening of highway between Nowra and Batemans Bay, including 22 new concrete bridges in that section.
- 1939: By the middle of the year, 300 miles (or 50% of the then highway) had been paved with bitumous surface.
- 1955: Opening of steel girder and concrete bridge over Jerramadra Creek near Batemans Bay.
- 21 November 1956: Bridge built by the Department of Main Roads over the Clyde River at Bateman's Bay was officially opened for traffic by the Hon. J. B. Renshaw, M.L.A., Minister for Local Government and Minister for Highways. The bridge replaced the only remaining vehicular ferry on the Princes Highway between Sydney and the Victorian border.
- 31 January 2011: Work began on safety improvements south of Lattas Point Road near Batemans Bay. Work included changes to a southbound overtaking lane, installation of concrete median barrier and a right turning bay. 3
- July 2016: Termeil Creek upgrade completed. The upgrade provides a new, straighter 1.6 kilometre stretch of the Princes Highway and also features a new Termeil Creek Bridge that is 5.3 metres wider and 26 metres longer than the previous bridge. 4
- October 2018: Work commences on the replacement Batemans Bay Bridge. 5
Batemans Bay Bridge:
Looking northbound where the Princes Hwy (A1) crosses Clyde River via Batemans Bay Bridge at Batemans Bay, December 2017.
Image © Paul Rands
1 Roads & Maritime Services.
2 Main Roads Board, Annual Report, Volume 1, Number 1, September 1929.
3 NSW Government, Media Release, $2.5 Million Project to Improve Road Safety South of Batemans Bay, 25 January 2011
4 NSW Government, Roads & Martime Services, Princes Highway upgrade program, Progress update, March 2020
5 NSW Government, Roads & Maritime Services, Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project
Last updated: 01-Jul-2020 11:12
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