MP lobbies for Picton bypass to be built

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell is lobbying the state government to funding a road that bypasses Picton. Pictures: Simon Bennett
Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell is lobbying the state government to funding a road that bypasses Picton. Pictures: Simon Bennett

Coal trucks in Picton’s main street could be a thing of the past if Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell gets his way.

The outgoing Liberal state member is lobbying for Picton Bypass to be built.

Mr Rowell is advocating for funding to be allocated in the upcoming state budget so construction can start on the new road.

“The road would go from Wilton or Maldon to Tahmoor,” he said.

“The aim is to reduce traffic in Picton’s CBD.

“In peak hour the main street in Picton always has trucks on it and is busy with people trying to get onto the highway.

“Getting in or out of Menangle Street can be dangerous and the trucks also have to go past school zones.

“The only other option for trucks besides going through Picton’s CBD is to use Victoria Bridge which has a height limit.

“Trucks frequently hit the top of the bridge.

“The bypass will also make it easier for drivers in Tahmoor to get onto the Hume Highway.”

Mr Rowell said the bypass had been talked about for about 6 years.

“This road should have been built sooner,” he said.

“Wollondilly is the sixth largest producer of coal in NSW.

“The Resources for Regions program should have funded the bypass but Wollondilly was not eligible.”

The program aims to deliver improved local infrastructure to mining-related communities and improve economic growth.

Mr Rowell said he wanted to get this project funded as his “last hurrah”.

“My goal is to get the road funded before I leave office,” he said.

“It is one of two big items I am fighting for. 

“I also want further upgrades to the Bowral and District Hospital’s emergency department.”