A significant milestone has been reached on the Mulgoa Road project, with the section from Union Road to Museum Drive in Penrith now open to traffic.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the proposal is part of a broader strategy to upgrade the Mulgoa and Castlereagh Road corridor in the Penrith region, which forms the main north-south link between the Penrith CBD and M4 Motorway.
“This project has been delivered to address traffic congestion, support residential and employment growth, improve road safety and bolster freight productivity,” Minister Fletcher said.
“This is just one of many critical infrastructure projects to receive funding from the Morrison Government under our record $110 billion infrastructure pipeline, part of our Economic Recovery Plan to secure Australia’s world-leading economic recovery.”
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, the Hon Andrew Constance MP, said the upgrade will reduce congestion and delays.
“The NSW Government has committed $120.5 million to upgrade this critical section of Mulgoa and Castlereagh roads to provide an additional lane both north and southbound between Union Road and Museum Drive,” Minister Constance said.
“We have also increased capacity at the Jane Street and High Street intersections.
“The existing rail underpass has been widened to three lanes in each direction on Castlereagh Road and a left turn lane on to Jane Street added, and when final line markings are complete there will be bus priority at the High Street intersection.”
NSW Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said these upgrades mark the first step in the 6.5-kilometre Mulgoa and Castlereagh Road corridor upgrade.
“This is the first stretch to be upgraded in our plans to improve this very important road corridor for the people of Penrith,” Mr Ayres said.
“The project included complex and impressive work to move the new rail bridge into place, and it is fantastic to see it now fully open for the community.
“We thank the local community, surrounding business and road users who have been patient and understanding while we have built this important upgrade.”
Federal Member for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh MP said this was part of her plan to ease congestion and improve safety on our roads.
“I want the commute to work or dropping the kids off at school to be quicker and safer,” said Ms McIntosh.
“This upgrade will cut travel times for thousands of people who rely on Mulgoa Road – and it’s just the beginning.
For local businesses, it means getting our great Aussie Made products around our electorate and beyond.
“We’re putting in place the transport infrastructure our community needs, so we can make Lindsay an even better place to live, work and stay.”
Some minor work will continue over the coming months to finalise the upgrade, including line marking, footpath and landscaping work, installing road signs and fencing, and minor defect work.
The Mulgoa Road Upgrade between Union Road and Museum Drive is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $72.5 million and the NSW Government $120.5 million.