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

Hydro-demolition work

We will be on site between Monday 30 October and Monday 20 November to complete the installation of the concrete barriers along Marsh Street. As part of this work we will carry out hydro-demolition.

Hydro-demolition is noisy work involving high pressured jets used to break up asphalt. We will carry out hydro-demolition for up six shifts between 7am and midnight each day. This activity will stop daily between 6pm and 8pm to offer local residents respite.

To carry out this planned work, we will close a single westbound lane on Marsh Street between Flora Street and the M5 Motorway between Sunday 29 October and Sunday 19 November. Electronic message signs will be in place to advise motorists about the lane closure and traffic changes in the area.

View or download the October community update (PDF, 190Kb)

What’s happening next?

We are continuing to carry out work including:

  • Constructing a footpath, kerb and gutter along the new westbound lane
  • Constructing an open channel drain between Marsh Street and Levey Street
  • Constructing cyclist and pedestrian paths on the northern and southern sides of Marsh Street, which will be open in the coming months
  • Ugrading traffic lights at the intersection of Marsh Street and Flora Street
  • Constructing a centre median
  • Constructing a retaining wall on the eastbound side of Marsh Street, between Levey Street and the Giovanni Brunetti Bridge
  • Asphalting Marsh Street
  • Concrete work, general landscaping and finishing work.

Extended working hours

Our day time working hours are between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. Our night working hours will be between 8pm and 5am.

To complete the project as quickly as possible and minimise the disruption period for residents and motorists, we will work up to five nights a week for 60 shifts until the end of September, excluding Saturdays, weather permitting.

Traffic changes

There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe.

To minimise impact on traffic, lane closures will only be in place after hours, which may affect travel times. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Sydney Airport update

A Sydney Airport Precinct update was published in June 2017. The update outlines the progress of the Sydney Airport road upgrades being delivered by Roads and Maritime Services, and outlines some of the congestion busting measures already in place.

View or download the June 2017 Sydney Airport Precinct update

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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