Camden Valley Way, South West Sydney
Camden Valley Way is a primary arterial road linking the Hume Highway, M7 and M5 interchange at Prestons, near Liverpool with Camden, Narellan and Harrington Park in Sydney's south west.
The previous two-lane road has been upgraded to a four lane divided road with a wide vegetated median. A three metre wide, off-road shared pedestrian/cyclist path has been provided along the western carriageway with provision for this to be replicated on the east. The upgrade supports regional growth and connectivity in the South West Priority Growth Area. Bus priority and easy access from the corridor to the new South West Rail Link station at Leppington greatly improve Camden Valley Way’s value for users of public transport.
Despite its situation in an area undergoing rapid residential and industrial development, the project maintains the essential qualities of the corridor and the sense of place imparted by the rural driving experience through a cultural and heritage landscape. The carriageways have been independently graded in various locations; either to allow existing mature trees to be retained in a widened median or to improve the alignment’s fit with the surrounding landform.
The project allows appreciation of the many cultural heritage items over its length including the Sydney Water Supply Canal and Gledswood and Raby estates. Views and vistas from the corridor have also been retained. Towards the project’s southern end, a small section of shared path is constructed on the road’s historic alignment and the main carriageways have been moved to the east.