The $50 million package is funded by the Australian Government to improve safety on Appin Road and support affordable housing in the Greater Macarthur Growth Area.
Early safety work to install audio tactile line‑marking treatments or ‘rumble strips’ on sections of Appin Road; remove tree stumps to improve roadside clear zones; and install additional signage and guideposts was completed in August 2018.
The next stage of work would include a number of targeted safety improvements to about five kilometres of Appin Road between Mt Gilead and Brian Road to improve safety for residents, motorists and freight operators, as well as create further traffic efficiencies.
The targeted safety improvements would:
- Provide smoother, safer trips for motorists with wider lanes and shoulder widths, together with increased clear zones and improved road surface
- Improve safety with the installation of new sections of roadside safety barriers, and sections of painted median with safety barriers
- Create a new overtaking opportunity for northbound traffic to improve traffic flow
- Install new right turn bays with U-turn facilities to improve safety for residents entering and exiting driveways
- Realign a road curve with painted median and safety barrier to improve safety for motorists.
This safety improvement package also includes a corridor study for a link road between Appin Road and Menangle Road. The Link Road Corridor Study, which commenced in October 2018, will identify a route for the proposed link road. The link road would provide a key connection between Appin Road, Gilead and Menangle Road, Menangle Park and support future housing growth as part of the NSW Government’s Greater Macarthur Growth Area.
The preferred route for the link road is proposed to be identified by mid 2019. Once a preferred route is identified, Roads and Maritime would consult with the community and provide an opportunity for feedback.
Next steps for each project:
- Preliminary site investigations
- Strategic or concept design
- Environmental assessment
- Community comments on strategic or concept design and Review of Environmental Factors
- Submissions report
- Project determination
- Detailed design - WE ARE HERE
- Start of construction - subject to project approval.
Ongoing community engagement throughout the project lifecycle.