|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) - Cobargo to Bega|
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.
The Princes Highway was formed from a string of roads linking Sydney to the Illawarra, and then forming a coastal route to Melbourne and into South Australia. The section covered by A1 is in 2 pieces - between Rockdale and Waterfall in Sydney, and then Yallah near Wollongong through to the Victorian Border. The route is a mix of urban arterial road, dual carriageway and also rural highway.
- 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
- 1939: By the middle of the year, 300 miles (or 50% of the then highway) had been paved with bitumous surface.
- June 2012: Work commenced on Bega Bypass. 3
|Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Princes Hwy (A1) at Bega approaching Carp St, December 2013..
Image © Michael Greenslade
|Click here for the continuation of A1 between Bodalla and Cobargo
Click here for the continuation of A1 between Bega and the Victoria Border
1 Roads & Maritime Services.
2 Main Roads Board, Annual Report, Volume 1, Number 1, September 1929.
3 Roads & Maritime Services, Bega Bypass, Community Update, December 2012.
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