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:

  • Continuing to upgrade the drainage system in the project area
  • Digging to install new stormwater pipes underneath Marsh Street
  • Sheet piling to support a retaining wall at the eastern end of Marsh Street
  • Asphalting the new westbound lane
  • Installing westbound street lights
  • Installing a concrete shared footpath next to the westbound side of Marsh Street.

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

To complete the project as quickly as possible and minimise the disruption period for residents, we will carry out about 25 night shifts between Friday 14 October and Tuesday 18 November, excluding Saturdays, weather permitting. Our working hours will be from 8pm to 5am.

Read the October letter to residents (PDF, 128Kb).

Higher School Certificate examination period

In scheduling the upcoming work program, we wanted to be sure that our work would not impact on students in the area that are studying for Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams between Thursday 13 October and Friday 4 November.

We have been consulting with the local community since June to identify students in the vicinity of the project area, and discuss their needs through the exam period. During consultation we:

  • Distributed 6500 project updates inviting residents in the area to contact us if an HSC student lived at their property
  • Sent direct mail letters to the 500 properties closest to the project area
  • Doorknocked 61 properties closest to the project area
  • Phoned, emailed and provided information to eight local high schools to inform their students.

We received eight responses from residents with HSC students in the area. Our project team individually discussed each family’s circumstances throughout the HSC exam period with them, and enquired about whether our work had impacted them so far, and what measures we could take to ensure the students were not disturbed.

As a result of these conversations, we proposed to take the following action to continue our current working schedule throughout the HSC exam period:

  • Monitor the location of maintenance trucks parking in the project area, particularly Eve Street
  • Ensure traffic controls will not need to be set up out the front of a West Botany Street property
  • Continue to ensure that there are no lane closures during the day as a result of this project, that could potentially affect students arriving at their exams on time
  • Ensure that our project team remains available to discuss potential individual noise mitigation measures with residents throughout the exam period.

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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