Drilling rigs begin work on M1 (F6) corridor

F6 study: A drilling rig in the Georges River, near Captain Cook Bridge, is determining rock and soil conditions beneath the river bed. Picture: John Veage
F6 study: A drilling rig in the Georges River, near Captain Cook Bridge, is determining rock and soil conditions beneath the river bed. Picture: John Veage

Drilling rigs are popping up in St George and Sutherland Shire as tests are conducted for the proposed M1 Princes Motorway (F6) extension.

There is even a rig operating in the Georges River, near Captain Cook Bridge.

Nervous resident: Richard Loader wonders whether the road will be at surface level or in a tunnel?

Nervous resident: Richard Loader wonders whether the road will be at surface level or in a tunnel?

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) said geotechnical analysis was being carried out to determine rock and soil conditions along the corridor.

Sans Souci resident Richard Loader has been watching the work in the park next to Captain Cook bridge, close to his home.

Mr Loader said the main question he and his neighbours wanted answered was, “Will it go over or under [the ground]”?

“Naturally, we want it to be underground, otherwise our homes may have to go,” he said.

“We would also like to know how long it will be before it is built, and what the effect will be on Rocky Point Road?”

Mr Loader expects it could still be many years away.

“I have lived here for 18 years, but for all my life they have been talking about this road,” he said.

F6 study area: The four sections are Arncliffe to President Avenue, President Avenue to Taren Point, Taren Point to Loftus and Loftus to Waterfall. Picture: RMS

F6 study area: The four sections are Arncliffe to President Avenue, President Avenue to Taren Point, Taren Point to Loftus and Loftus to Waterfall. Picture: RMS

RMS did not answer any of those questions in a fact sheet sent to residents.

The brochure said the work was part of investigations into a possible link between the M1 Princes Motorway at Waterfall and the proposed WestConnex southern extension to Kogarah. 

“Along the Princes Highway between Tom Uglys Bridge and St Peters, there are 42 sets of traffic lights and a further 18 sets of lights between [the bridge] and Loftus,” RMS said.

“Congestion along this route is significant in peak times [and] motorists using The Grand Parade also regularly experience heavy traffic through this busy corridor.” 

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