Western Sydney will be given a $1.3 million infrastructure boost with the Morrison Government unlocking funds toward planning for upgrades to Homebush Bay Drive.
Part of the Urban Congestion Fund, the project will remove local bottlenecks and deliver a more reliable road network for commuters and freight.
It’s expected about 210 local jobs will be supported across the entire, $100 million project.
Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said local communities across Australia would benefit from infrastructure investment on the road out of COVID-19.
“Our infrastructure pipeline will be an important part of our job maker program,” Mr Tudge said.
“Today’s funding is also about upgrading the local urban road network to bust congestion, improve safety and help people get home sooner and safer.”
New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the project would ease traffic congestion in and around Homebush Bay Drive.
“This project will resolve the significant delays and long queues currently experienced on Homebush Bay Drive and the Australia Avenue/Underwood Road intersections,” Mr Constance said.
Federal Member for Reid Fiona Martin said the Homebush Bay Drive project would improve road safety and traffic flow, resulting in easier access to Sydney Olympic Park and Wentworth Point.
“The traffic caused at this intersection has been one of the biggest infrastructure issues for our community over the last twenty years,” Dr Martin said.
“The approved funding gives the green light to scoping works and investigations to start as part of project planning.”
“The start of this project is great news for commuters in Reid and out of our area because it will provide better access to one of Sydney’s most iconic entertainment, sporting and retail precincts.”