Work starts to improve busy Prospect intersection

26 June 2018

The shovels are almost in the ground with work starting later this month to improve the Great Western Highway and Blacktown Road intersection at Prospect.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the improvements are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $300 million Urban Roads Pinch Points Program which aims to reduce congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s busiest corridors.

“The NSW Government is committed to improving safety and easing congestion on all roads and this project is another piece of the puzzle which will benefit motorists and the community for years to come,” the spokesperson said.

“Work will be carried out at the busy intersection to convert the existing bus lanes to general traffic lanes on Blacktown Road and Great Western Highway to improve traffic flow for the thousands of motorists who travel though each day.

“Dual right turn lanes will be provided on the Great Western Highway into Blacktown Road with a dedicated left turn lane and shared through and right lane to be provided on Clunies Ross Street approach.”

The spokesperson said work would also be carried out to provide one dedicated right turn lane, one shared through and right turn lane on Blacktown Road  approach to Great Western Highway to reduce queueing along Blacktown Road.

“The new dedicated right turn lane on Blacktown Road will improve safety and aim to reduce the occurrence of rear end crashes at the intersection,” the spokesperson said.

“Crews will also be hard at work to build a left turn slip lane on Blacktown Road for motorists approaching the Great Western Highway to improve efficiency and further reduce queuing.

“Existing pedestrian crossings on Blacktown Road will be adjusted as well as traffic lights and phasing at the intersection with bus stops to also be relocated to ease congestion.”

Work will be carried out for 80 night shifts and 60 day shifts from late June to late November.

Crews will be on site from 8pm and 5am Sunday to Friday, while day work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and between 7am and 1pm on Saturdays, excluding public holidays and weather permitting.

“Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of noise to residents and businesses,” the spokesperson said.

“Customers are reminded to plan ahead while the southbound bus lane on Blacktown Road near the intersection is closed for up to three months.

“Electronic message signs will be in place to remind motorists of work at the intersection.”

“The community is thanked for their patience while this essential improvement work is carried out.”

Traffic control and lane closures will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.

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