The NSW Government has invested $32.2 million for eight congestion-easing projects across Sydney and regional NSW.
NSW Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the grants would fund the planning and design of eight Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) projects which include:
- $10 million to identify options to upgrade the Australia Avenue/Homebush Bay Drive intersection, Homebush Bay
- $6.4 million to upgrade the Concord Road/Homebush Bay Drive intersection, Rhodes
- $5 million to upgrade Menangle Road, from Mount Gilead to Macarthur)
- $4 million for final business case for Epping Station overbridge widening
- $3.3 million for intersection upgrade at Norwest Boulevard/Lexington Drive, Bella Vista
- $1.5 million for Kissing Point Road upgrade investigation works, Rydalmere
- $1 million for an intersection upgrade where Main Road connects with the Hunter Expressway, Heddon Greta
- $1 million to upgrade the Minmi Road/Newcastle Link Road intersection, Cameron Park
“This funding will help solve some of the biggest traffic headaches and make it safer for motorists and people living in those communities,” Mr Roberts said.
“We’ve heard loud and clear – the community sees these roads as pinch points and we are doing our bit to help ease congestion.”
The funding comes from the latest round of the Housing Acceleration Fund (HAF), under the State Government’s Restart NSW program.
Since the HAF grant program began in 2012, the total NSW Government commitment is over $1.3 billion.
NSW Roads Minister, Melinda Pavey, said, “Delivering key road infrastructure in all these communities is important for safety and future growth.”
“Improving traffic flow around the Australia Avenue/Homebush Bay Drive intersection will support the major arterial road connecting Sydney with the future Western Sydney Airport.”
Mr Roberts said HAF grants end roadblocks that previously meant development opportunities were passed over due to lack of funding for essential, forward-looking local infrastructure.
“It is a priority for this government to ensure funding is delivered for essential infrastructure where there is a changing population,” he said.