Preferred Options Report for Richmond Bridge

31 July 2013

Preferred Options Report for Richmond Bridge and Approaches published

The community is invited to view a new report which recommends short and long term options to improve travel conditions and road safety between Richmond and North Richmond.

“Richmond Bridge over the Hawkesbury River serves the residential catchment of North Richmond, Kurrajong, Bilpin and Bell and is an essential piece of infrastructure,” an RMS spokesperson said.

“The NSW and Australian Governments are planning to reduce future congestion on Richmond Bridge and its approaches to cater for current and future traffic needs.

“Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has published the Richmond Bridge and Approaches Congestion Study Report which recommends short-term to 2021 and long-term to 2036 options to address congestion on Richmond Bridge and approaches.

“The report includes options for replacing Richmond Bridge.

“The study involved extensive community consultation and, identifies and assesses traffic movements, environmental and heritage considerations, safety concerns, the structural integrity of the bridge and corridor reservation issues.

“Key short-term recommendations of the plan focus on improvements to three key intersections: Bells Line of Road and Grose Vale Road, Kurrajong Road, Yarramundi Lane and Old Kurrajong Road, and Kurrajong Road and Bosworth Street.

“The study also identifies the preferred longer term option to address the future traffic needs and recommends reserving a revised road corridor.

“In addition to the $2 million funding to the Richmond Bridge and approaches congestion study, the Australian Government has committed $18 million funding under the Nation Building 2 program from 2014-15 to 2018-19 to improve the traffic conditions on and around Richmond Bridge and its approaches.

“RMS will continue planning for the short-term improvements including developing detailed designs and assessing the environmental impact. Community consultation will continue in the coming months on this process.

“RMS thanks the members of the community for their feedback in the identification and development of both the short-term and long-term options,” the spokesperson said.

To view the report visit the Richmond Bridge page under Sydney, Blue Mountains.

Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit
Phone: 8588 5999

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