$71 million Hoxton Park road upgrade begins
Minister for Roads Michael Daley, Member for Liverpool Paul Lynch and Member for Macquarie Fields Andrew McDonald today announced the start of work on the upgrade of Hoxton Park Road.
Mr Daley said the $71 million State Government-funded project had been designed to increase the capacity of this major arterial road, reducing travel time for motorists in Sydney’s west.
“Since 2003, the NSW Government has provided over $90 million for upgrades along Hoxton Park Road.
“In this final stage, we’ll be widening the road to four lanes over a two kilometre distance from Cowpasture Road to Banks Road.
“The upgraded road will have a new central median to reduce the risk of head-on collisions for the 32,000 vehicles that use this route everyday,” Mr Daley said.
The project also includes:
twin bridges with a pedestrian pathway over the south side of Hinchinbrook Creek;
new traffic lights at the intersection of Glen Innes Road;
upgrades to existing traffic lights at the intersections of First Avenue and Whitford and Illaroo roads;
a new road between First Avenue and Dorrigo Avenue to improve access to shops;
new bus stop bays at Glen Innes Road, Dorrigo Avenue and First Avenue, and -
a shared pedestrian and cyclist path on the northern side of Hoxton Park Road.
Member for Liverpool Paul Lynch said the upgrades would improve travel times for both motorists and cyclists, particularly those travelling between Hoxton Park and the Hume Highway at Liverpool.
“This upgrade means motorists will soon spend less time in their cars and more time with their families.
“The project will also help support the construction industry, with over 300 direct and indirect jobs expected to be created over the course of the two year project,” Mr Lynch said.
Member for Macquarie Fields Andrew McDonald said the inclusion of a cycleway was an important feature of the project.
“The new shared path will link Cowpasture Road with the shared cycleway on the M7, providing local residents with safer access to the surrounding suburbs.
“Locals will have noticed preliminary work is already underway, with major construction work scheduled to move into full swing this month.
“Construction will typically take place Mondays to Fridays between 7am and 6pm, and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm.
“I’d like to thank the community for their patience while this important upgrade is carried out,” Dr McDonald said.
Work is scheduled for completion in early 2011, weather permitting.
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