Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan - Local Roads Package
- Written by Adam Gatt Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
The Australian Government is funding a $200 million Local Roads Package as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan linked to the development of the Western Sydney Airport, at Badgerys Creek.
Erskine Park Road upgrade
Penrith City Council was granted $29.1 million to upgrade Erskine Park Road.
The key features of the upgrade include:
- The upgrade of four intersections along Erskine Park Road:
- Signalise the Explorers Way and Erskine Park Road intersection.
- Upgrade Coonawarra Drive and Erskine Park Road intersection to a ‘seagull’ intersection.
- Upgrade Peppertree Drive and Erskine Park Road intersection to a ‘seagull’ intersection.
- Signalise the Bennett Road and Erskine Park Road intersection.
- Upgrade Erskine Park Road to a four lane median separated dual carriageway (two lanes in each direction) between Coonawarra Drive and Bennett Road.
- A new shared user path between Swallow Drive and Illawarra Drive.
- Erskine Park Road start of work notification
- Erskine Park Road and Bennett Road Nightwork notification
- Erskine Park Road compound notification
- Erskine Park Road overview map
- Erskine Park Road Pedestrian Detour Map
- Erskine Park Road FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Erskine Park Road will be widened to a four lane dual carriageway between Bennett Road and Explorers Way to join the existing four lane sections towards the M4 Motorway and Swallow Drive. Four intersections will be up upgraded along Erskine Park Road:
- Erskine Park Road and Bennett Road – installation of new traffic signals
- Erskine Park Road and Peppertree Drive – upgrade to a new seagull intersection
- Erskine Park Road and Coonawarra Drive – upgrade to a new seagull intersection
- Erskine Park Road and Explorers Way – installation of new traffic signals
New shared user paths will be constructed between Coonawarra Drive and Illawarra Drive.
The Erskine Park Road Upgrade will be completed by early 2020, weather permitting.
With changed traffic conditions and construction equipment now operating, it is not safe to maintain the current footpaths and laneway access points along Erskine Park Road.
How will I be affected by these changes?
Pedestrian safety is a key priority and pedestrian crossings through construction zones are strongly discouraged. For safe crossing of Erskine Park Road, pedestrians and cyclist should use the signalised Swallow Drive crossing point until the works in those zones are completed. The detours in place will provide a much safer journey.
All existing bus routes will remain in operation during the construction phase.
Temporary closures of the bus stop on Erskine Park Road (near Omega Place and Halifax Court) will be in place for the entire construction phase. Alternate bus stops are located nearby on Bennett Road and Peppertree Drive.
The construction contractor will continue to consult with the bus operator and Transport for NSW during construction to minimise disturbance and impacts on bus operations. The community will be informed of all impacts and changes before they happen.
Roads and Maritime require construction contractors to use noise management measures as set out in the Roads and Maritime Environment Noise management standards and guidelines.
Noisy construction will be managed under these guidelines to reduce the impact on the community. In addition, local residents will be given notice in advance of any planned noisy or night work.
There are no noise barriers being constructed.
The purpose of this project is to improve safety and traffic efficiency at intersections along Erskine Park Road and to improve accessibility for the St Clair and Erskine Park communities. There is currently no scope to mitigate the existing traffic noise within this project.
The RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) currently operates a noise abatement program which addresses existing traffic noise impacts from State and Federal roads in NSW. The Noise Abatement Program is funded by the NSW Government and is delivered by Roads and Maritime Services. The Noise Abatement Program provides noise mitigation treatment for homes and places such as schools, hospitals and churches where there is very high traffic noise. Further details of this program can be found at https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/about/environment/reducing-noise/noise-abatement-program.html, or by contacting RMS on 131 782.
Temporary traffic changes, including speed limit reductions and some night time lane closures will be in place at different stages during construction.
Traffic changes will be in place to ensure the work zones are safe for road users and workers. The speed limit on Erskine Park Road between Chameleon Drive and Swallow Drive has been reduced to 60 km/h, 24 hours a day, seven days a week until project completion.
Erskine Park Road near Explorers Road may also require a reduced speed limit to 60km/h commencing early 2019.
Speed limits will be reduced to 40 km/h during any night work.
Work will be carried out during standard construction hours between 7.00am and 6.00pm from Monday to Fridayand between 8.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday. We will notify you of any work outside these standard hours.
The Northern Road Intersections upgrade
Penrith City Council was granted $6.7 million to upgrade intersections on The Northern Road at the Great Western Highway, Derby Street and Bringelly Road/Caddens Road. The intersections forms a part of the A9 corridor connecting Windsor to Campbelltown via Penrith. The upgrade of intersection will significantly improve road safety and traffic efficiency.
The upgrade of The Northern Road (Parker St)/Barber Ave intersection and The Northern Road (Parker St)/Great Western Highway intersection consisted of construction of stormwater drainage, utility relocation, road works and the upgrade of traffic signals.
The Northern Road and Derby Street intersection.
The Northern Road and Derby Street intersection.
The work includes upgrading The Northern Road (Parker St)/Derby Street intersection which consists of construction of stormwater drainage, utility relocation, road works and the upgrade of traffic signals.
The map below shows changes to traffic and pedestrian access. Intersection upgrade works at Derby St and Parker St commenced in early November and a bus shelter in derby st has been relocated just outside the Nepean Hospital. Due to performance and contractual issues, council has terminated the contract and will be appointing a new contractor to complete the remaining works.
Unfortunately there will be some delay and community will be informed in advance when the remaining works can recommence.