Wollondilly mayor Robert Khan has welcomed yesterday's announcement of a proposed corridor for the long-awaited Picton Bypass.
The state government is now seeking community feedback on the potential bypass corridor.
Cr Khan encouraged locals to take a look at the plan and have their say.
"Wollondilly has been waiting for news on the Picton bypass for a long time and we are very pleased to see the release of the proposal today," he said.
"I encourage all residents and road users to provide feedback to Transport for NSW on the recommended corridor bypass.
"Council will be urging the state government to fast track construction of a Picton bypass, to help ease growing congestion in Picton and most importantly to avoid a repeat of the gridlock that occurred a year ago during the Green Wattle Creek bushfire evacuation."
The recommended corridor released by Transport for NSW would provide a bypass connection between Remembrance Driveway and Picton Road with new intersections south of Wonga Road and north-west of Maldon Bridge Road.
Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith said the proposed bypass would provide an alternative route for heavy vehicles by linking Thirlmere and Tahmoor with the Hume Motorway via Picton Road.
"Traffic congestion in Picton centre is a major concern for the community as the surrounding area continues to grow," Mr Smith said.
"After initial community consultation and corridor investigations in 2018, Transport for NSW has identified a corridor bypass to help ease congestion through the town centre.
"The recommended corridor would provide a bypass connection between Remembrance Driveway and Picton Road with new intersections south of Wonga Road and north-west of Maldon Bridge Road.
"With more and more vehicles travelling between towns such as Thirlmere and Tahmoor, the Hume Motorway and the Illawarra region, it is important we get on with the job of progressing the bypass."
Transport for NSW is seeking feedback from road users and the community to help better understand issues and opportunities in the area and to inform the corridor alignment.
Feedback on the upgrade will be open until Monday, February 22 2021 and will be considered before finalising the proposal.
The community is invited to attend virtual community sessions on NSW Roads Facebook page at facebook.com/NSWRoads on Monday, February 1 2021 from 4pm to 4.30pm.
Comments on the proposal can be provided by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Picton Bypass PO Box 973, Parramatta NSW 2150.
For more information about the proposed Picton bypass visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/picton-bypass.