Major work on the upgrade of Mulgoa Road / Castlereagh Road between Union Road and Museum Drive, including the upgrade of Jane Street, has now started.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the much needed project would provide better road connections to the Penrith city centre and ease congestion at local intersections.
“The Australian Government is getting on with delivering essential transport infrastructure to Greater Western Sydney to support the expected future growth of the region,” Mr Tudge said.
“This upgrade will be a game-changer for the thousands of motorists who use Jane Street and Mulgoa Road each day to access the Penrith city centre, the Blue Mountains and M4 Motorway.”
New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the NSW and Australian governments were planning ahead for the future of Greater Western Sydney to ensure local road users are better connected to key employment and recreational areas across the region.
“The upgrade will see major changes to the intersections of Mulgoa Road and High Street, as well as Castlereagh Road and Jane Street, to reduce congestion and improve the efficiency of bus services at the High Street intersection,” Ms Pavey said.
“It will also provide the infrastructure required to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety at these pinch-points.”
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said additional north and south-bound lanes would be built on Mulgoa Road and Castlereagh Road between Union Road and to the south of Museum Drive.
“This will save travel times for the 45,000 vehicles travelling along this section of the road each day,” Mr Ayres said.
“The existing rail underpass will also be widened to provide three lanes in each direction on Castlereagh Road and a left turn into Jane Street.”
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne, said delivering the upgrade was a result of the Government’s strong economic leadership.
“Moving this project through to the construction phase has only been possible because our Liberal-National Government has the right economic plan in place which means key local projects, like this major upgrade, can be progressed,” Senator Payne said.
“Upgrading this important stretch of road includes improving the flood immunity of the rail bridge above Castlereagh Road which will help reduce the risk of flooding when there is heavy rainfall.
“This project will also upgrade the existing car park in between the Nepean District Tennis Association courts and the railway line which is great news for commuters.”
Work on the project will start at 7am and end at 6pm on weekdays, and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays, weather permitting.
Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of all signs and traffic control staff.
Construction is expected to be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.