Airport West Precinct

The NSW Government is widening Marsh Street, Arncliffe to three lanes westbound to relieve congestion and improve traffic flow. The project supports and complements upgrades to Sydney Airport’s internal road network.

Airport West precinct

Updates and announcements

Upcoming work program

Work to be carried out in the coming months will include:

  • Ongoing work to:
    • upgrade the drainage system in the project area
    • install new stormwater pipes underneath Marsh Street
    • install new pedestrian fencing along the westbound side of Marsh Street
    • relocate and install underground utilities and services in the project area
  • Traffic light work at the intesection of Marsh Street and Flora Street, including electrical work
  • Landscaping
  • Asphalting the new westbound lane
  • Installing street lights on the southern side of Marsh Street
  • Installing a seperated cyclist and pedestrian path along the southern side of Marsh Street

Our standard construction working hours are from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

To reduce the construction period and minimise the disruption period for residents, we will carry out about 40 night shifts between Friday 18 November 2016 and Friday 27 January 2017, excluding Saturdays, weather permitting. Our working hours will be from 8pm to 5am.

Please note: We will not carry out work during Christmas and New Year holiday period from Saturday 24 December 2016 to Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Drainage work

We will need to install three new large stormwater pipes underneath Marsh Street, towards the Cooks River end. These pipes will be underbored. Underboring is a method used to install underground pipes through drilling that does not disturb the road surface. This reduces the impact on traffic and the time taken to install the pipes. We have included a map to explain the location of this drainage work.

This work will be carried out during our standard work hours from Monday 21 November until the end of January 2017, weather permitting.

This underboring work will need to be carried out continuously at times for operational reasons. We have approved a temporary extension of working hours between 5am and 7am, as well as between 6pm and 8pm for underboring work at this location only, between Monday 28 November and Monday 12 December, weather permitting.

View or download the November letter to residents (PDF, 207Kb).

Project background

The NSW government is delivering the Airport West project, which involves widening Marsh Street, Arncliffe to three lanes westbound.

Marsh Street is the primary connection to the Sydney Airport international terminal and is a key access point for the M5 Motorway and Sydney’s southern suburbs.

The Airport West proposal is part of a suite of planned upgrades which would complement Sydney Airport’s upgrades to the internal airport road network.

Key features

  • Widening Marsh Street to three lanes westbound between the Giovanni Brunetti Bridge and the M5 interchange, meaning Marsh Street would be three lanes in both directions
  • Providing a dedicated cycleway on the southern side of Marsh Street to connect the existing path on the bridge to the Eve Street cycleway
  • Providing a pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Marsh Street and Flora Street
  • Minor widening of the existing eastbound and westbound lanes to provide wider, safer lanes for motorists.

Project benefits

The project would:

  • Increase traffic capacity and reduce congestion on Marsh Street for westbound traffic
  • Improve cycle access in the area and increase safety for cyclists
  • Improve pedestrian access in the area.

Community consultation

Roads and Maritime sought feedback in January and February 2016 on a proposed night work construction schedule. To complete the project as quickly as possible and minimise the disruption period for residents, we proposed working up to five nights a week and carrying out noisy work until midnight at regular intervals throughout delivery of the project.

We sent around 850 letters to local residents and businesses. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to review the proposal and provide feedback. We received comments from six people with three objections. Following a review of the comments, we have decided to proceed with the proposal.

Review of environmental factors

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) has been completed for the widening of Marsh Street. The REF assessed the proposed widening against relevant NSW legislation and other environmental planning requirements. It also identifies all environmental impacts associated with the works and proposes mitigation to minimise these impacts.

View or download the REF: 

Addendum to the review of environmental factors

In early 2015 we prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to identify, assess, reduce and manage the potential impacts of the project. Further developing the detailed design of the project has created some new and modified project features. We have now prepared an addendum to the REF, to assess these features.

For more information about the addendum to the REF, view or download the March 2016 letter to residents.

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