A mammoth upgrade to The Northern Road in Western Sydney has reached a major milestone, with construction underway on the new bridge at the M4 Motorway interchange.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the upgrade was part of the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, delivering new and upgraded roads in preparation for the new Western Sydney Airport.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring that Western Sydney will capitalise on the huge economic benefits that will flow from our $5.3 billion commitment to build Western Sydney Airport – this is possible because of a stronger economy,” Mr Fletcher said.
“Together with the Berejiklian Government, we’ve signed the Western Sydney City Deal with eight Western Sydney Councils setting out a clear plan to attract business and generate jobs for the region and along with our commitment to have the new airport connected to rail when it opens, we are delivering the transport and jobs that Western Sydney needs to thrive.”
NSW Minister for Western Sydney and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the Northern Road upgrade is part of a massive investment in Western Sydney roads jointly funded by Australian and NSW governments.
“Infrastructure is about more than bridges, roads and airports, it is an opportunity to build stronger communities by connecting people to jobs closer to home,” Mr Ayres said.
“Crews are installing 40 of these massive 32 metre long super-T girders using a 600-tonne crane, with the new bridge to be complete by early next year.”
Senator for Western Sydney Marise Payne said there was major progress being made on The Northern Road upgrade Stage 3 between Glenmore Parkway at Glenmore Park and Jamison Road at South Penrith, with start of work on the new bridge at the M4 Motorway interchange a significant milestone for the project.
“This new upgrade is a real win for Western Sydney motorists, particularly for residents in Glenmore Park and Penrith who use the M4. Delivery of this project will mean more time with your family and less time spent on the road,” Senator Payne said.
The girders will be lifted into place between Saturday 14 July and Friday 31 August from 7pm to 9am up to five nights a week, weather permitting.
While work is carried out, the M4 Motorway will be closed between 10pm and 8am between the M4 Motorway entry and exit ramps to The Northern Road to allow work to be carried out safely.
The Australian Government has committed $1.2 billion to the $1.6 billion The Northern Road Upgrade with the New South Wales Government funding the remainder.
For more information about the upgrade, visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-west/the-northern-road/stage-3/index.html