Great Western Highway – Pitt Street to Marsden Street, Parramatta

The NSW Government is funding this work as part of its $30 million Parramatta Congestion Improvement Program which aims to reduce congestion around the Parramatta local government area by upgrading key intersections that access the Parramatta Central Business District.

Updates and announcements

Our work schedule

Between May and June we will be working up to six days and five nights a week.

Our night work hours will be between 8pm and 5am from Sunday to Friday.

Our day work hours will be between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.

We will not be working public holidays. For more information please view or download the May 2019 project update (PDF, 247Kb).

Marsden Street Detours

We need to close two sections of Marsden Street, either side of the Great Western Highway, for two night shifts from Sunday 2 June.

We will close Marsden Street between Campbell Street and Great Western Highway and between Great Western Highway and Early Street for up to two night shifts between Sunday 2 June and Tuesday 4 June.

The closures will be in place for our standard night shift hours.

View the detour map:

Detour map
Detour map

Project background

The NSW Government has committed $30 million to the Parramatta Congestion Improvement Program to reduce congestion in Parramatta and surrounding areas by upgrading key intersections.

The intersections of Pitt Street and Marsden Street along the Great Western Highway, Parramatta, have been identified as important intersections to manage the increasing traffic demand and to improve traffic flow around the Parramatta CBD.

The improvements will serve future traffic and transport needs of the Parramatta CBD by reducing queue lengths, and easing congestion along the Great Western Highway at the intersections of Pitt Street and Marsden Street.

What are we doing?

Stage one (complete)

  • Provision of an eastbound left turn lane on the Great Western Highway into Marsden Street by relocating the median island on the Great Western Highway between O’Connell Street and Marsden Street
  • Extension of the westbound right turn lane on the Great Western Highway into Pitt Street by up to seven car spaces
  • Modification to the layout of traffic lights on the Great Western Highway at the intersections of O’Connell Street and Marsden Street.

Stage two

  • Provision of a westbound left turn lane on the Great Western Highway into Pitt Street by widening the southern side of the Great Western Highway
  • provision of three northbound lanes in Pitt Street on approach to the Great Western Highway and one southbound lane in Pitt Street on the departure from Great Western Highway
  • Removal of up to 16 trees and shrubs at the intersection of the Great Western Highway and Pitt Street to accommodate the new left turn lane on the corner of Pitt Street.

Community benefits

  • Improving access to and from the Parramatta CBD.
  • Addressing increased traffic on the surrounding road network.
  • Increasing safety for all road users.
  • Reducing queue lengths and increase through traffic.
  • Facilitating growth and development in Parramatta and surrounding areas.

What is a 'pinch point'?

Pinch points are traffic congestion points, intersections or short lengths of road at which a traffic bottleneck exists slowing down the broader network. They cause a build up of traffic and travel delays at these spots and on the wider road network.

Community consultation

In August 2017, Roads and Maritime invited feedback from local businesses, residents and stakeholders on the proposal for intersection upgrades on the Great Western Highway between Pitt Street and Marsden Street, Parramatta.

Use our online tool to see what others in the community have said about this project during the consultation process

Following assessment of this feedback, Roads and Maritime have decided to proceed with the project. A copy of the Community Consultation Report for the proposal which summarises the feedback and responses has been released along with a community notification that was distributed to residents notifying them of this outcome.

For more information about the consultation the please view or download the consultation report and close of consultation notification.

Next steps

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

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