Major work under way on the $1.6 billion Northern Road upgrade
1 March 2016
The next phase of the multi-billion dollar The Northern Road upgrade is in full swing with major work now under way on Stage 1 between Narellan and Oran Park.
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said as part of the Australian and NSW Governments’ commitment to revitalise the growing western Sydney both governments were pushing ahead to deliver the $1.6 billion 35 kilometre upgrade which includes widening The Northern Road between Narellan and Penrith.
“The upgrade is a key project of the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan which will transform road infrastructure, improve travel times and increase road capacity in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions,” Tanya Davies said.
Stage 1 work includes widening 3.3 kilometres of The Northern Road to a minimum four lane divided road to increase road capacity between The Old Northern Road at Narellan and Peter Brock Drive at Oran Park.
The road is a major arterial corridor servicing the growing South West Priority Land Release Area with the upgrade set to benefit people living in new communities including Oran Park, Turner Road, East Leppington, Austral and Leppington North, Edmondson Park and Catherine Fields.
Road users will start to see changes along the road with the installation of safety barriers, temporary signage and line marking.
Member for Camden Chris Patterson said other work will include earthmoving and excavation, relocating utilities as well as piling work in preparation for two new bridges across Narellan Creek.
“Once complete, The Northern Road project will deliver significant benefits now and into the future by providing improved road infrastructure for motorists in western Sydney and a high quality connection with the proposed M12 Motorway and Bringelly Road,” Mr Patterson said.
“Work will be carried out from 7am to 6pm Monday to Fridays and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm, weather permitting.
“Traffic controllers and signage to guide traffic past the work site will be in place as well as a reduced speed limit to ensure the safety of motorists and workers.
“Temporary lane closures will be required to ensure a safe work zone and motorists are advised to allow extra travel time. On-road cyclists may also be required to detour while some of the work is carried out to ensure safety.
“The Northern Road Stage 1 is expected to be completed in 2018.
“Roads users are thanked for their patience while this important work is carried out.”
For more information on The Northern Road Upgrade visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/wsip
Tanya Davies Media: 02 9834 2966
Chris Patterson Media: 02 4655 3333
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