NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O’Farrell today announced the start of major building work on the final stage of James Ruse Drive upgrade – a key congestion-busting project under the NSW Government’s $246 million pinch point program.
Mr O’Farrell said ten separate pinch point projects had been completed in the past six months and five other projects are now underway to improve traffic flow and reduce travel times on some of Sydney’s busiest roads.
“Our pinch point program has one clear objective – to get Sydney’s traffic moving again,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“We’ve boosted funding for this program because of the clear benefits it delivers motorists.
“Today I’m delighted to announce that work is now underway on yet another important project, the final stage of the upgrade of James Ruse Drive.
“This upgrade targets the section of James Ruse Drive between Rosehill and Clyde – a notorious bottleneck which frustrates motorists trying to access the M4, Parramatta CBD and Rosehill Racecourse.”
Roads Minister Duncan Gay said James Ruse Drive is an important arterial road spanning Parramatta Road at Clyde to the Windsor Road interchange at Northmead and will connect to the future Westconnex.
“The NSW Government is committed to delivering the big road projects like WestConnex which will transform how we get around Sydney, but we are equally determined to tackle these pinch points where work can be completed more quickly and make huge differences for motorists,” Mr Gay said.
“We want to tackle the causes of traffic congestion like vehicles queuing across intersections and overflowing out of lanes and right turn bays.”
The NSW Government has allocated $2.9 million to upgrade James Ruse Drive in two stages, with stage one already complete. Work includes:
- A major upgrade to the James Ruse Drive / Hassall Street /Grand Avenue intersection and restricting right turns in and out of Hope Street.
- Dedicated left turn lanes will be provided on James Ruse Drive southbound to Grand Avenue and northbound to Hassall Street and an extended right turn lane on James Ruse Drive northbound into Grand Avenue.
- Corner kerbs will also be improved to help heavy vehicles turn more safely and improving pedestrian crossings and access to the racecourse.
- Stage one work was completed in August and included extending turn lanes to Parramatta Road and Prospect Street to improve traffic flow.
The NSW Government increased funding for the pinch point program by $135 million in this year’s budget.
For more information on the pinch point program visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects/projects/congestion_management/pinch_points.html