Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM joined Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Senator for NSW, and the Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland MP last Monday, for the official opening of the Rouse Road bridge at Rouse Hill.
The Rouse Road bridge is a new 64-metre long steel and concrete two-lane bridge over Second Ponds Creek, Rouse Hill.
The bridge replaces a narrow, flood-prone, often dangerous causeway, and is a vital traffic link between Windsor Road, Rouse Hill Anglican College and Tallawong Metro Station.
The $22 million project includes a roundabout and approach roads between Terry Road and Worcester Road.
The project was jointly funded by Blacktown City Council and the Australian Government (under the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program).
Mayor Bleasdale was joined by Senator Payne, Michelle Rowland MP, Councillor Moninder Singh and students from the Rouse Hill Anglican College in unveiling a plaque marking the opening of the bridge.
“The new bridge will bring welcome relief to the local residents, businesses and particularly the students of Rouse Hill Anglican College, who have long endured inconvenience and safety issues around the causeway during heavy rain,” Senator Payne said.
Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale said the opening of the Rouse Road bridge solved a number of significant problems and that the bridge was a major access point for the Tallawong Metro station and Rouse Hill Anglican College.
“This area is experiencing rapid growth and the old causeway was an enormous traffic bottleneck and a serious safety concern for pedestrians and motorists alike during times of heavy rain,”
Mayor Bleasdale said.
“Blacktown City Council had the bridge planned for some time, but needed to wait for available funding. The Australian Government grant enabled the work to be fast-tracked.”
The $22 million project included construction of the bridge and necessary acquisition and purchasing of adjoining lands and was jointly funded, with the Australian Government contributing $3.5 million and the Blacktown City Council contributing $18.5 million.
Picture: Michelle Rowland MP (left), Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM and Senator Marise Payne join Rouse Hill Anglican College pupils for a stroll across the new bridge