City West Link improvement work

Roads and Maritime is increasing capacity of City West Link between Waratah Street at Haberfield and James Street at Leichhardt.

Updates and announcements

Project update - traffic switch from Sunday, 9 December

Roads and Maritime will be opening an additional eastbound lane on City West Link between Haberfield and Leichhardt from Sunday, 9 December, weather permitting.

We will continue to carry out finalisation work such as line-marking, upgrading traffic signals and re-surfacing the road. The work is expected to be complete in early 2019, weather permitting.

Most of the work will be carried out at night between:

  • 8pm and 5am, Monday to Friday
  • 8pm and 8am, Saturday
  • 8pm and 9am Sunday.

For more information, view the project notification letter (PDF, 488Kb).

Project background

Roads and Maritime Services has investigated options to improve traffic flow and travel reliability along City West Link between the New M4 at Haberfield and James Street at Leichhardt. This section of City West Link is currently a four lane divided arterial road between Waratah Street at Haberfield and James Street at Leichhardt.

The two kilometre improvement will include reallocation of existing road space on City West Link to provide an additional eastbound traffic lane. Once completed, City West Link will have capacity for five lanes, three eastbound and two westbound.

Key features

  • An additional eastbound traffic lane between Waratah Street at Haberfield and James Street at Lilyfield
  • New pavement on City West Link which would reduce road surface noise
  • Construction of a new median and new line marking to allow for the five lane configuration
  • Better utilising existing road space to minimise impact, with no impact on pedestrian footpaths
  • Changes to traffic lights at City West Link and Timbrell Drive/Mortley Avenue intersection at Haberfield to improve safety.

Project benefits

The benefits of City West Link improvement work include:

  • reduced congestion and queueing to improve travel times along City West Link, particularly during morning peaks
  • improved capacity of the road network to cater for needs of traffic in the region, particularly following the completion of the M4 East project
  • improved average peak hour travel time and speeds between Waratah Street and James Street
  • minimised construction impact to the surrounding community and environment
  • improved roadside amenity particularly for users of the shared path along City West Link.

Next steps

Work started on Sunday, 2 September 2018 and is expected to be complete by early 2019, weather permitting.

We will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses.

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