Contractor Announced for Western Sydney’s $1.6 Billion Northern Road Upgrade

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The Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher has announced that Lendlease will build the 11.5 km section of the Northern Road between Peter Brock Drive and Mersey Road as well as the 4.3 km upgrade of Bringelly Road between King Street at Rossmore and the Northern Road at Bringelly.

The project is part of the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure plan which is vital to supporting one of Australia’s fastest growing regions. With the government committing to building the new Western Sydney Airport, it is crucial these projects are completed to manage the growth the region is experiencing.

“These upgrades will prepare one of Australia's fastest growing region's roads for future traffic growth and improve travel times for motorists by widening the existing roads to four lanes in each direction,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan is transforming the economy of Western Sydney by supporting the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, which will be operational by 2026.”

“The Australian Government has committed up to $5.3 billion over 10 years in the 2017–18 Budget to build Western Sydney Airport through a new company, WSA Co.”

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The Western Sydney Airport and associated infrastructure projects in the West are already proving to be a stimulus for economic growth, Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres confirmed.

“Nation building infrastructure like the new airport will put western Sydney at the forefront of economic growth, and business confidence is sky high thanks to work to get the right infrastructure in place upfront,” Mr Ayres said.

“We're cracking on with the delivery of vital arterial roads around the future airport site to ensure we can support residential and commercial growth and meet future traffic demand.”

“Once the entire $1.6 billion The Northern Road Upgrade is completed, motorists travelling between Narellan and Penrith will benefit from 35 kilometres of upgraded road, meaning increased road capacity, less congestion and safer roads,” Mr Ayres said.

Work on the project will begin in the coming months and is expected to be completed by 2020.

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Source: Government of Australia, News Corp

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